Jacques Derrida: What Does Logos Removal Mean?

Jacques Derrida: What Does Logos Removal Mean?

June 27, 2021 Off By Felso

With his deconstructive readings, Derrida tried to reveal the unconscious sources of classical philosophy, namely the metaphysics of existence according to Derrida, problematized the binary oppositions in the structure of the text, and thus tried to dismantle the existing mentality. Against the assumption that there is a ‘center’ and ‘outside’, Derrida’s famous argument and argument is as follows:

“There is nothing outside the text.”

At this point, it is seen that fundamental objections to Logos have been developed in Derrida’s work. In Western philosophy, Logos means both words and reason. It is clear that Derrida’s critique is directed towards precisely these goals. A metaphysical view of being is hidden here because Derrida, on the one hand, problematizes the position of reason, and on the other hand deciphers the structure of speech-centrism, dismantling the Logos, which is the main pillar behind the metaphysics of presence. As a result, the subject’s position at the center of the metaphysical idea of ​​existence is ended. The verbal and rational subject is no longer the central fulcrum of metaphysical existence.

Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook