the difference of 'differance" Re: [xmca] Vygotsky vs. Derrida

From: Tony Whitson (twhitson@UDel.Edu)
Date: Sat Oct 21 2006 - 23:43:17 PDT

On Sun, 22 Oct 2006, Kellogg wrote:

> For Derrida, "difference" and not context is the source of meaning. There is actually nothing particularly liberating about this view; it is pretty much straight Saussurean structuralism: Because A gains its meaning by not being B, B's meaning is part of A's meaning.

Derrida was insistent about differentiating "differance" (his term) from
"difference" (Saussure's). I don't know what difference, if any, this
makes for the present discussion; but I will wait till I've had a chance
to read the text that Michael has referred us to before I say anything
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