Structure, Sign, and Play

Jacques Derrida Alan Bass Claude Lévi-Strauss


Structure, Sign, and Play

Structure, Sign, and Play

  • Title: Structure, Sign, and Play
  • Author: Jacques Derrida Alan Bass Claude Lévi-Strauss
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  • Page: 497
  • Format: Essay



Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences was a lecture presented at Johns Hopkins University on 21 October 1966 by philosopher Jacques Derrida.hydramanities.uci derriTranslation is in Public Domain.


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I never thought I would say this, but I wished this article could have been longer. I was very interested in Derrida's ideas and I felt the references to Levi-Strauss overtook his arguments. I know that was part of the point, I just really got enthralled by Derrida's viewpoints.It's a very good article, although a bit of a challenge to get started; like relaxing one's brain while at the same time focusing on what is before one's eyes. I will definitely reference him in my upcoming term paper.

Very difficult to read. Nevertheless, worthwhile.

pretty sure, Derrida himself doesn't understand this essay! the whole idea of Deconstruction is amazing but this essay is so hard, still it's our primary source for modern literary theories.

In “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences”, Derrida talks about how every structure needs to have some kind of center; it is the thing that keeps the structure together and holds it up. He claims that “even today the notion of a structure lacking any center represents the unthinkable itself”. This center dictates how much the structure can move away from it; the center controls the structure. Because of this fact, the center then becomes the structure in a way [...]

Alright, it took multiple running starts over the course of months to wrap my head around this 16-page lecture transcript (not at all due to the several typos, only one of which obscures the meaning), but I'm glad I persevered. While this still does not strike me as a reasonable starting point for those interested in post-structuralism, once one has some familiarity with the concepts and terminology, this does seem to address "everything a non-philosopher needs to know about Derrida," which is m [...]

Derrida is sinfully wordy in his exploration, but genius in his findings. I wish all people could learn to be bricoleurs, to preserve as instruments things whose truth they criticize. It highlights something unique and beautiful to the arts, inspiration, and discourse.

Sounds like Beckett has written an article on criticism. To me it's like Derrida speaks of a Beckettian version of criticism and Beckett writes the Derridean version of literature.

There are some interesting ideas here, and they bear exploring in depth. I feel like (even though I studied Derrida in university) that I have not read enough of the authors and thinkers he references to properly understand and appreciate all of these ideas. I will need to revisit this text and examine it again after I have read more of Nietzsche, Strauss, and the other thinkers he alludes to or cites.

Tan French Word Man heckin destroys structuralism, more at 11.

It was OK. I am not particularly fond of continental philosophers and this reminds me why. Seems like they are not writing to be understood.

As a matter of fact 'Structure, sign and play in the discourse of human sciences' was a lecture delivered at JohnHopkons University. Here Derrida pioneered the theory of Deconstruction. Deconstruction is not at all destruction but it is a reconstruction of a literary work of art. His theory of Deconstruction is applicable against the corrupt members in the politics. When the corrupt people become dominant and hold the centre, Deconstruction of the power is very very much essential.

Derrida,a pioneer of post-structuralism, explores the mysterious relationship between the signifier and the signified and how what we say is never exactly what we mean. To me however stripping words of what they are meant to represent deems any conversation one is trying to have hollow and deprives it of any prospect of fulfillment.

it's my favorite essay. I'd imagine everyone else here said enough that I don't need to add on, although I especially like the paragraph where he points out how the required play of the Sausserian(sp?) 'sign' requires that the 'sign' itself loses its determinancy, and hence maybe the rigor of semiotics as well.

A bit convoluted but the beginning of deconstructionismThroughout such a dense commentary I came to understand Derrida's obsession with contradiction.


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