By Peggy Kamuf
This can be the single on hand choice of Jacques Derrida's contributions to philosophy, offered with a finished creation. From Speech and Phenomena to the hugely influential "Signature occasion Context," each one excerpt contains an summary and short precis.
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The existence of mental acts does not have to be indicated (let us recall that in general only an existence can be indicated) because it is immediately present to the subject in the present moment. " But in the genuine sense of communication, there is no speech in such cases, nor does one tell oneself anything: one merely conceives of (man stellt sich vor) oneself as speaking and communicating. In a monologue words can perform no function of indicating the existence (Dasein) of mental acts, since such indication would there be quite purposeless (ganz zwecklos wiire).
Thus, the deconstruction of the philosophy of presence (which, being the philosophy of proper sense, is the only philosophy in the proper sense) undertaken by Derrida will not proceed like some frontal attack or siege from outside philosophy's walls. It begins necessarily within those walls, but this starting point is also Differance at the Origin 5 only the place from which to unsettle the very distinction between inside and outside essential to the construction of self-presence. Derrida's first two major works, Speech and Phenomena and Of Grammatology, are concerned with certain systematic treatments of signification and language: Husserl's, as mentioned, but also those of Ferdinand de Saussure and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, among others.
In the same year, 1967, that these essays were collected under the title L'Ecriture et la difference (Writing and Difference), Derrida also published two other books, La Voix et le phenomene (Speech and Phenomena) and De la grammatologie (Of Grammatology). The first of these analyzes Husserl's doctrine of signification; the second extends the analysis to a larger philosophical tradition which Husserl both inherited and continued, at least as concerns certain key features of his description of signification.
A Derrida Reader: Between the Blinds by Peggy Kamuf