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Nothing Outside the Text: Derrida and Brandom on Language and World

Nothing Outside the Text: Derrida and Brandom on Language and World Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 6, No. 2 (December 2009), 45­69 Editions Rodopi © 2009 The terms deconstruction and différence are central to both Jacques Derrida's work and to poststructuralism generally. These terms attempt to provide an alternative to metaphysical construals of linguistic meaning. I compare Derrida's discussion of linguistic meaning and reference with the contemporary pragmatist, Robert Brandom, arguing that Brandom has important similarities to Derrida. However, whereas Derrida remains committed to metaphysics even as he tries to contest it, Brandom, to his credit, more thoroughly rejects metaphysics. 1. Pragmatists and Poststructuralists Jacques Derrida's more recent works, covering such topics as politics, friendship, and religion, presently generate more discussion and debate than his earlier works. This is not to say, however, that the early works are inconsequential. The later works presuppose the key terms that he introduced in the early texts, such as deconstruction and différance. These terms still exercise substantial influence in the academy, especially in social and cultural theory and textual criticism. In the early works, which are now among the definitive texts of the poststructuralist canon, Derrida articulates his position that "nothing is outside the text" (il n'y a pas de hors-texte), challenging every philosophical attempt http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Nothing Outside the Text: Derrida and Brandom on Language and World

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 6 (2): 45 – Apr 21, 2009

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© Copyright 2009 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 6, No. 2 (December 2009), 45­69 Editions Rodopi © 2009 The terms deconstruction and différence are central to both Jacques Derrida's work and to poststructuralism generally. These terms attempt to provide an alternative to metaphysical construals of linguistic meaning. I compare Derrida's discussion of linguistic meaning and reference with the contemporary pragmatist, Robert Brandom, arguing that Brandom has important similarities to Derrida. However, whereas Derrida remains committed to metaphysics even as he tries to contest it, Brandom, to his credit, more thoroughly rejects metaphysics. 1. Pragmatists and Poststructuralists Jacques Derrida's more recent works, covering such topics as politics, friendship, and religion, presently generate more discussion and debate than his earlier works. This is not to say, however, that the early works are inconsequential. The later works presuppose the key terms that he introduced in the early texts, such as deconstruction and différance. These terms still exercise substantial influence in the academy, especially in social and cultural theory and textual criticism. In the early works, which are now among the definitive texts of the poststructuralist canon, Derrida articulates his position that "nothing is outside the text" (il n'y a pas de hors-texte), challenging every philosophical attempt

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Published: Apr 21, 2009

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