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Bridging the Gap

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Derrida's essay "How to Avoid Speaking: Denials" is divided into two main parts: (i) the fundamental differences between negative theology and deconstruction, and especially the determination of being primarily by the temporal dimension of presence assumed by the former but rejected by the latter, and (ii) Derrida explains that the issue of negative theology needs to be approached through the study of individual cases rather than the formulation of general theories. The transition between Derrida's discussions of the first and second movements or tropics of negativity is achieved through a comment that just as light in the Republic passage is described as a "third kind" in addition to Good and the sun, so is place in the Timaeus passages characterized as a third kind in addition to the intelligible and the sensible Forms. Derrida's discussion of the Timaeus passages involves an element of deconstruction.

Keywords: deconstruction; Derrida; fundamental differences; How to Avoid Speaking: Denials; negative theology; Timaeus passages



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