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Front. Philos. China    2020, Vol. 15 Issue (3) : 451-471     https://doi.org/10.3868/s030-009-020-0026-6
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Husserlian Phenomenology and Derridean Deconstruction: Their Fundamental Methodological Commitments
Saulius Geniusas()
Department of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, China
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This paper reinterprets the relation between Derridian deconstruction and Husserlian phenomenology on the basis of their respective methodological commitments. According to the proposed view, epoché, reduction, and eidetic variation are the fundamental methodological principles of Husserlian phenomenology. This paper interprets Derrida’s reading of Husserl as presenting a type of semiological reductionism, which is marked by the absorption of the fundamental phenomenological principles within a semiological framework. Conceiving of meaning as a sign that refers to other signs, Derrida contends that neither epoché, nor reduction, nor eidetic variation can be carried through successfully; their validity is thereby indefinitely deferred. This paper also addresses the relationship between indication and expression, the Principle of all Principles, the living present, and their alleged deconstruction in Derrida’s writings. I conclude with some suggestions concerning how, apart from deconstructing phenomenology, one could also phenomenologize deconstruction. According to my suggestion, this would require problematizing evidence that underlies the central claims and commitments of deconstruction.

Keywords Husserl      Derrida      phenomenology      deconstruction      (post-)structuralism      methodology     
Issue Date: 28 September 2020
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Saulius Geniusas. Husserlian Phenomenology and Derridean Deconstruction: Their Fundamental Methodological Commitments[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2020, 15(3): 451-471.
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