By Peggy Kamuf
This is often the single on hand number of Jacques Derrida's contributions to philosophy, awarded with a complete advent. From Speech and Phenomena to the hugely influential "Signature occasion Context," every one excerpt comprises an summary and short precis.
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In order really to understand where the power of the voice lies, and how metaphysics, philosophy, and the determination of being as presence constitute the epoch of the voice as technical mastery of objective being, to understand properly the unity of techne and phone, we must think through the objectivity of the object. The ideal object is the most objective of objects; independent of the here-and-now acts and events of the empirical subjectivity which intends it, it can be repeated infinitely while remaining the same.
Finally, in certain cases there is the ideality of the object itself, which then assures the ideal transparency and perfect univocity of language; this is what happens in the exact sciences. 4 But this ideality, which is but another name for the permanence of the same and the possibility of its repetition, does not exist in the world, and it does not come from another world; it depends entirely on the possibility of acts of repetition. It is constituted by this possibility. Its "being" is proportionate to the power of repetition; absolute ideality is the correlate of a possibility of indefinite repetition.
The gap, in French l'ecart which can also mean divergence, is that opening to difference, to an outside, to an other-to absence and to death-which, in any theory based on fully present meaning, will have been covered over. Derrida's writing uncovers and remarks these gaps. " This first investigation is titled "Expression and Meaning" and in it Husserl is principally concerned with separating sign (Zeichen) in the sense of expression from sign in the other sense of indication. Only the former, he will argue, can be understood as a meaningful sign since the concept of meaning (Bedeutung) is reserved for the intention to mean.