Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was an influential French philosopher of language born in Algeria who taught at the Sorbonne and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.
Derrida and his followers suggest that the semiotic sense of denotation is, for the most part, chimerical and that everything is connotation.
- Dialogues with Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida by Giovanna Borradori (anagnori.wordpress.com)
- John Caputo and his case for Jacques Derrida’s theological significance. (prodigal.typepad.com)
- Derrida: A 2002 Documentary on the Abstract Philosopher and the Everyday Man (openculture.com)
- An Interview With Jacques Derrida (anagnori.wordpress.com)
- Heidegger, Derrida, and a Guyanese pretender (kaieteurnewsonline.com)
Semiology (or Semiotics)
The study of signs. The term was coined by Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913), and semiology was originally taken to be a science.
But more recent theorists in several disciplines have questioned the entire notion of the ‘scientific enterprise,’ which some regard as just another sign.
Indeed, semiology includes or, one could say, branches off into postmodern deconstruction, an approach which questions the distinction between denotation and connotation, along with many other culturally implied truth claims, normative structures and practices.
Some argue that pioneering semiologists like Roland Barthes contained the seeds of what would become known as a postmodern approach.
» Baudrillard (Jean), Foucault (Michel), Sigified, Signifier, Structuralism, Wittgenstein (Ludwig Josef Johann)
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