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Remembering Jacques Derrida on his birthday

Sunday, July 15th, 2012
Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), founder of "deconstructionism"

Jacques Derrida, Algerian-born French deconstructionist philosopher and language theorist, was born 82 years ago today, July 15, 1930.

During his lifetime (1930-2004) Derrida influenced untold numbers of scholars seeking to critique literature, language, gender, sexuality, culture, visual arts, religion, and even politics. A good example would be Diacritics: A Review of Contemporary Criticism, a quarterly journal published since 1971 and often featuring Derrida’s work.

Although deconstructionism remained a highly controversial and often polarizing school of critical theory, its importance in intellectual discourse of the late 20th century cannot be denied. Derrida remains one of the most important philosophers and theorists of the last century.

Water and Rock: Ancient Words on Strength

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
water and rock

Garden Creek, North Carolina. Copyright 2012, K. S. Carter, all rights reserved.

Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.

–  Lao-Tzu (600 B.C.)
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