What if Derrida was wrong about Saussure?

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By far the dominant reading of Saussure today is Derrida's.But what if Derrida was wrong about Saussure, or at least, if Derrida's reading was limited? What if, for example, Derrida went too far in incorporating Saussure within a "classical semiology, "which is itself of doubtful unity? Or if it were possible to separate phonocentrism from logocentrism? What if Saussure did not reproduce a transcendental signified, that is, a concept independent of language? What if Saussurean theory does not join a sign to a referent, or betray a nostalgia for presence?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFerdinand de Saussure
Subtitle of host publicationCritical assessments of leading linguists. Volume III Saussure, structuralism and post-structuralism
EditorsJohn E. Joseph
Place of PublicationAabingdon, Oxon
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780415465465, 9780415465496
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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