“Play is the disruption of presence. The presence of an element is always a signifying and substitutive reference inscribed in a system of differences and the movement of a chain.
Play is always play of absence and presence, but if it is to be thought radically, play must be conceived of before the alternative of presence or absence on the basis of the possibility of play and not the other way around” (Derrida, “Structure, Sign, and Play” p. 93).
Respond to this question about the documentary film Derrida: If Derrida is right, that there is no center of origin, then how can we be certain in our interpretation of culture?
Is the basis of Derrida’s thought uncertainty?
How is this any different from saying we cannot know anything at all?
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Derrida’s speech “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences,” is both an articulation of Deconstruction and a sustained critique of an organizing structure that both closes off play but which opens it up and makes it possible (p. 83). When play is orchestrated around a central locus of origin, play is limited. Derrida criticizes the practice of modern ethnology and anthropology....
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