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  Deconstructionism: The Postmodern Cult of Hermes - Christian Information
Deconstructionism (D) is a powerful postmodern movement currently in vogue on major college campuses and among the intellectual elite.
The Background of Deconstructionism In order to properly understand the context of D it is important to follow the development of intellectual thought in Western culture.
Two terms are indispensable to understand: modernism and postmodernism.
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  Robert Locke -- Deconstructing Deconstructionism
One of the clearest signs that deconstructionism is a con is that it is invariably expressed in the most complicated possible language, not the clearest, a sure sign that the writer is trying to sound clever rather than convey information.
One of the sad things about deconstructionism as a philosophy is that, to their credit, America's actual philosophy departments in the universities aren't very interested in it and tend not to teach it.
Deconstructionism is essential to the Left because the proposition that there is no real world is the only remaining way to save the manifold absurdities of liberalism.
www.orthodoxytoday.org /articles/LockeDeconstruction.htm   (2225 words)

 LitGloss - D 
Deconstructionism An approach to literature which suggests that literary works do not yield fixed, single meanings, because language can never say exactly what we intend it to mean.
Deconstructionism seeks to destabilize meaning by examining the gaps and ambiguities of the language of a text.
Dramatic monologue A type of lyric poem in which a character (the speaker) addresses a distinct but silent audience imagined to be present in the poem in such a way as to reveal a dramatic situation and, often unintentionally, some aspect of his or her temperament or personality.
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 Deconstructing the Hebrew University's Embrace of Deconstructionism
Deconstructionism is a shallow form of Non-Thinking that has gained popularity among some of the more simpleminded disciplines of the academic world.
Deconstructionism was defined nicely by Robert Locke: “It is also known as poststructuralism, but don’t ask what structuralism was, as it was no better.
Deconstructionism attracts a certain sort of adolescent mind (regardless of the age of the accompanying body) because of its cynicism and dismissal of rational thought and science.
www.intellectualconservative.com /article2415.html   (1588 words)

 Deconstruction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
These criticisms became particularly prevalent when it was discovered that Paul de Man had written pro-Nazi articles during World War II, due to what was seen as the inadequate and offensive response of many deconstructionist thinkers, especially Derrida, to this revelation.
Popular criticism of deconstruction also intensified following the Sokal affair, which many people took as an indicator of the quality of deconstructionism as a whole, despite Sokal's insistence that his hoax proved nothing of the sort.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Deconstructionism   (6732 words)

 Quodlibet Online Journal: Deconstructionism and Physical Philosophy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The primary thesis of this paper, however, that deconstructionism is to be understood in terms of its ground in the physical view, will provide a powerful explanatory tool as to why deconstructionists must choose certain philosophical positions as opposed to others.
Heidegger's primary contribution to deconstructionism is his unique application of the Hegelian dialectic in which two opposing notions are collapsed in order to form a new and distinct notion.
It has been clear throughout my personal observations of deconstructionism's dialogue with philosophical and theological issues that what emerges through such confrontations is not, in fact, a deconstruction of Derrida's target, but an enlargement of the significance of the issue at hand.
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 Answers In Action: Father of Deconstructionism Dies of Cancer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Derrida was arguably one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century and his more than 70 books and hundreds of articles and papers fueled the development and advance of postmodernism and, more particularly, deconstructionism, worldwide.
Deconstructionism is a complex philosophy of meaning, understanding, and communication that has often been distilled to a misrepresentatively simplistic self-refuting statement, "There is no objective meaning to any statement" (including, supposedly, that statement itself).
Deconstructionism argues that meaning changes -- expanding, contracting, overlapping, morphing -- depending on who is encountering it, when it is encountered, every time it is encountered.
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 Arun Gadre, bhava-cell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
So the Deconstructionism is a tip of an iceberg in the field of literature which has its invisible large base in the philosophy of relativism and the Post Modern world-outlook existent today in the intellectuals, philosophers, religious philosophers, scientists, critics, and the population at large.
The basic fallacies of the Deconstructionism are derived from the basic fallacies of the theory of relativism, which is the backbone of postmodern worldview.
The hypothesis like Deconstructionism is picked up by an individual as well as by society, from the work of art for the creation of the 'Prism-Glasses'.
www.gradnet.de /papers/pomo2.archives/pomo99.papers/Gadre99.htm   (4024 words)

 Frizzen Sparks: Not soon enough   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Derrida was known as the father of deconstructionism, a branch of critical thought or analysis developed in the late 1960s and applied to literature, linguistics, philosophy, law and architecture.
Derrida focused his work on language, showing that it has multiple layers and thus multiple meanings or interpretations, challenging the notion that speech is a direct form of communication or even that the author of a text is the author of its meaning.
That is why, when I deconstruct Deconstructionism, all I see is a group of pathetic, talent-free, self-hating fourth-raters secretly sending out a message for someone with some common sense to ride into town and hang them all.
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 Deconstructionism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
His examination of what the term "nature" must mean in Rousseau, for example, brings out several inconsistent uses of the word.
The main influence of deconstructionism on history and the social sciences is to point out that what may appear to be on the surface to be objective, immutable categories, may on deeper examination be fuzzy and ambiguous and that the boundaries of social and historical categories themselves may be complex entities worthy of study.
Deconstructionism in literary critique brings forth the concept of textuality[?].
www.eurofreehost.com /de/Deconstructionism_6.html   (669 words)

 The Trickster and the Paranormal by George P. Hansen re literary criticism
The trickster and the paranormal are associated with the collapse, blurring, and inversion of binary oppositions.
Structuralism and deconstructionism have been applied primarily to texts, but they are also relevant to the real world.
Deconstructionism and post-structuralism challenge the Western conceits of objectivity and rationality.
www.tricksterbook.com /BookDescriptions/LiteraryCriticism.htm   (395 words)

 FrontPage magazine.com :: The Deconstruction of Jacques Derrida by Steven Plaut
Deconstructionism is the nonsensical infantile "philosophy" that argues that words have no meaning, there are no facts nor truth, and the only thing we can REALLY be absolutely certain about are that the US and capitalism and Israel are evil and must be eliminated.
Deconstructionism has long been linked with Marxism, a rather strange combination - given the insistence by deconstructionists that they should never claim to know anything. Marxists claim to know everything, based on ridiculous theories by Marx disproved 160 years ago, making the Marxist-Deconstructionist axis rather queer.
Jacques Derrida was one of the fathers of this school of Deconstructionism.
www.frontpagemagazine.com /Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=15466   (882 words)

 Comments on 12718 | MetaFilter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Deconstructing Deconstructionism: "It is based on the proposition that the apparently real world is in fact a vast social construct and that the way to knowledge lies in taking apart in one’s mind this thing society has built." (via Reductio ad Absurdum)
Deconstructionism may be an idea that's taken to ridiculous extremes, but last time I checked, making a selective argument which uses half truths and innuendos to make its point isn't a very sound intellectual tradition either.
The downfall of deconstructionism is when it proceeds from the basic idea that meanings (and in particular, the meanings of words) can be indistinct, to the rather hare-brained conclusion that truth is unknowable (and even from there to the conclusion that God cannot really exist).
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Response to Postmodern Deconstructionism is a philosophical response to postmodern deconstructionism which questions the concepts of nature and wilderness in a way that potentially threatens their existence.
The author examines the use of deconstructionism as a tool to justify greater exploitation of nature and the possibility that its employment, through "a focus on power inequities, bias, and the myths that maintain them - may help balance the harm to living nature by the politics of deconstruction."
Response to Postmodern Deconstructionism is a careful examination of the consequences of the postmodern deconstructionist approach to human relationships with the natural world.
www.colorado.edu /conflict/full_text_search/AllCRCDocs/soulrein.htm   (674 words)

 Deconstructing Deconstructionism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The central trick, the key sleightofhand, that makes deconstructionism plausible enough to fool people into believing it is this: gather up all the attributes of reality that are confusing, uncertain, controversial, or paradoxical, and claim that all of reality is this way.
Deconstructionism is perfect for corrupting the young because it is the ideal way to systematize the general cynicism and disrespect for authority that are the natural condition of contemporary college youth.
Forests have been leveled and careers spent in mastering this cult; their investment in it is enormous and they can illafford its discrediting.
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 Search: deconstructionism - FOX News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
literary and social critics, deconstruction (sometimes called "deconstructionism" by its opponents) is a kind of...
deconstructionism is a challenge to the attempt to...
deconstructionism is a challenge to the attempt to establish any ultimate or secure...
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 hybridmagazine.com :: indie counter-culture daily, no secret handshakes.
If you lack that knowledge, the film attempts to pique your interest in Derrida and deconstructionism by showing you how it is applied, in the man’s own words and actions, and in the very way the film is shot and edited.
Otherwise, deconstructionism, in some sense, is about truth and the limits of communication, and this film is said to structurally honor its insight.
Also, having a working knowledge of deconstructionism should enhance the scene where the camera lurks and peers in the window, behind which other cameramen silently shoot an interview with Derrida, all while the filmmaker and narrator read another quote from a book.
www.hybridmagazine.com /films/0903/derrida.shtml   (931 words)

 Modernism Archive, August, 1999: Re: Deconstructionism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
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In particular response to the query, single-minded = pursuit of=20 deconstruction is nihilistic and worse, boring.
www.liquidsquid.com /modernism/mod/0899/0009.html   (562 words)

 Dear my nameless friend,:The Three Ages of Jacques Derrida-An interview with the father of Deconstructionism
One of the reigning figures of intellectual life of the last quarter-century, Derrida is the father of Deconstructionism, a controversial system of analysis designed to dismantle language and reveal the biases and false assumptions embedded within it.
Rooted in the belief that language is freighted with things we're either unable or unwilling to bring to full consciousness, Deconstructionism is a flexible methodology applicable to any and all texts -- and indeed, the impact it's had on literary criticism is equal to, if not greater than, the mark it's left on philosophical discourse.
Born in 1930 to a family of assimilated Sephardic Jews in what was then French Algeria, Derrida began questioning intellectual prejudice at the age of 10, when Algeria was overrun by France's collaborationist Vichy regime.
blog.livedoor.jp /a_cup_of_media/archives/668871.html   (2893 words)

 IN WHAT SENSE IS THE BIBLE LIVING   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Deconstructionism is the gradual replacement of objectivity in the Literary Academic disciplines with a purely subjective approach.
Deconstructionism would dismiss or water down implications of imperative acceptance by perhaps considering rational reasons for the cowardice or the practical reasons for fear.
The school is called Deconstructionism, and it is the last, predictable, stage in the suppression of reason and the denial of the possibility of truth
www.skywayhills.com /ycanfield/living.html   (572 words)

 Fall2004T125Paper2.html   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Deconstructionism also looks at oppositions, but in a different way.
Deconstructionism asks us to assume that language is unstable, and that meaning can only be derived through an understanding of oppositions.
Deconstructionism has us identify these and ascertain which idea is more privileged, then to flip-flop the opposition and reconsider the poem in this new light.
www.loyno.edu /~jchan/Fall2004T125Paper2.html   (503 words)

 Ephilosopher :: Philosophy of Language Forum :: Deconstructionism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Deconstructionism is initially a theory of literary criticism/interpretation so obviously, if one is to perform any exegisis of the bible, then a good modern theologian would address the contemporary climate of literary interpretation.
Theologians respond to Deconstructionism in defense of God and religion, that must be the reason for all those essays trying to trash Derrida.
I think that, Deconstructionism at this point becomes paradoxical since the différance principle kind of starts playing the role of the transcendental signifier.
www.ephilosopher.com /phpBB_14-action-viewtopic-topic-1440.html   (1468 words)

 Deconstructing Deconstructionism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Deconstructionism is obsessed with finding contradictions in our socially-constructed picture of reality.
Non-technical intellectuals, having deliberately rejected their natural role of inculcating our cultural heritage into the next generation, have nothing to do and are frustrated at seeing that all the rewards for intellectual activity in our society flow to the technical intelligentsia and the producers of mass culture.
In the article, or in deconstructionism?- I thought the article was spot on, except I think deconstructionism is passe now...
www.freerepublic.com /focus/news/579544/posts   (6065 words)

 Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet: Deconstructionism
Deconstructionism has been in the news a lot lately since the death of it's prime philosopher, Jacques Derrida.
That remark was tongue in cheek as I needed to snynopsize Derrida in a short space.
I wanted the post to be more about what I am terming Christian deconstructionism, rather than discussing the actual philophosy in great detail.
fcov.blogspot.com /2005/05/deconstructionism.html   (906 words)

 Jacque Derrida, Deconstructionism & Postmodernism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Deconstructionism, a body of ideas closely associated with post-structuralism and post-modernism, is a strategy of analysis that has been applied primarily to linguistics, literature, and philosophy.
In other words, Derrida could not explain his method clearly without violating the chief principles of his thinking, or without demonstrating that his thinking was wrong headed.
For this reason, there may be very little danger of Derridean textual deconstructionism penetrating the barrier which separates those on the highest floors of the ivory tower from everyone else.54 There is, however, a very real danger that the results of the Derridean world view will continue infesting popular culture.
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Introduction A. Deconstructionism (D) is a powerful postmodern movement currently in vogue on major college campuses and among the intellectual elite.
B. The Background of Deconstructionism In order to properly understand the context of D it is important to follow the development of intellectual thought in Western culture.
The Influence of Deconstructionism The influence of D in America is all-pervasive.
www.fni.com /cim/briefing/decon.html   (2189 words)

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