Abstract

Abstract:

Derrida’s creative misreading of Saussure and Peirce underpins the radical scepticism of deconstruction, an ideological movement that arose from the disillusionment of French Marxist intellectuals with Soviet communism in the late 1950s. They moved (via Saussurean linguistics) from Sartre’s and Merleau-Ponty’s frontal attack on liberal capitalism to an outflanking movement, belatedly targeting scientific positivism seen as the philosophical underpinning of liberal capitalism; “belatedly” because the language philosophy of Wittgenstein, Austin, and Searle had already displaced Frege and Russell. A parallel disillusionment in America, prompted by the morass of Vietnam, created a welcoming literary culture for the anti-essentialist posture of structuralism and its heir, deconstruction.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 411-440
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-29
Open Access
No
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