Derrida

A bricolage of space

Just kind of a random thought, but it seems like maybe to solve the problem of modeling some of the interpenetrating, complex, and non-cartesian spaces we've been studying, (language games, spaces of production, class structure) you could start to look at the logic behind manifolds from math/physics. I don't know all that much about them beyond that they're important in modern physics, and what it says on the Wikipedia page , so it would be very cool for someone with a more developed background in physics or math to chime in.

Rupture v. Discovery

I think Guattari Hero's question about the convergences, or lack thereof, between Derrida and Lyotard gets at the heart of a meta-level tension that runs through much postmodern/poststructural theory. Namely, are the developments that characterize postmodernity representative of a rupture unique to that (this?) period, or, rather, have such "developments" always "been the case," and we are just now coming to realize their validity/utility? There is probably a techinical name for this distinction; in fact, it might be postmodernism v. poststructuralism. We should ask Professor Fitzpatrick.

Derrida: Two Systems of Intrepretation?

I am not sure if I read this correctly, but it seems that Derrida ended his work by identifying that there are only two systems of thought--the centered/total structure and the irrational/play structure.

What confuses me is the passage as a whole is about deconstructing ideas of totality and binaries. By saying that there are only two structures, that implies that there is no play and everything is fixed. He seems to be contradicting himself. How can all other systems be flexible except for these particular systems?

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