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Derrida Reads (Neo-) Platonism

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This chapter focuses on deconstructing the text of philosophy or alternatively that of Derrida reading (Neo-) Platonism. The "text" which is to be deconstructed with respect to philosophy corresponds not to that of a book, the everyday usage of the term, but to that which exceeds the book, a peculiarly Derridean conception. The "philosophy" with respect to which the text is to be deconstructed is alternatively styled "metaphysics," "logocentrism," and "ontotheology." Through Derrida's reading of Platonism and Neoplatonism, the chapter attempts to exhibit the similarities and dissimilarities between philosophemes and the simultaneous establishment and transgression by philosophical writing of its own limits. The result of this endeavor will be to some extent cognitive and perhaps a definite set of actual propositions about Platonism or Derrida but to some extent interpretative as rather the basis of an indefinite set of potential propositions.

Keywords: (Neo-) platonism; Derrida; metaphysics; philosophical writing



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