Father of deconstructivism, Jacques Derrida is arguably the most controversial and influential philosopher and writer of the 20th century. Born in Algeria in 1930, he went into exile in Paris to begin his university studies.
This author revolutionized all the bases of structuralism and western grammatical architecture, giving rise to various neologisms and terminologies which would suppose him to be recognized worldwide.
Derrida was also an academic and political activist, opposed to any kind of war and was in favor of human rights (he himself had to go into exile as a Sephardic Jew) and made notable appearances against the war. Vietnam and the 2003 Iraq War.
Phrases for reflection by Jacques Derrida
In this article, we will guide you on the thought of the Algerian author with some of his most famous phrases.
1. Politics is the dirty game of discriminating between friends and enemies
This is how the author has described his view of politics. He lived this discrimination in his own flesh.
2. Translation itself is writing. It’s productive writing inspired by the original text
For Derrida, translation did not consist in literally copying into another language, but in enriching the original text.
3. We must forget the Manichean logic of truth and lies and focus on the intentionality of those who lie
This sentence marked a conceptual revolution between the art of lying and the goodness of truth.
4. The singularity of the contested other is increasingly betrayed
He thus denounces the interpretation and manipulation of people in the analysis of their ideas.
5. I have found that frontal criticism always ends up being suitable for the discourse which one intends to fight
Sometimes people are so inconsistent and cynical, criticizing what we often stand for.
6. The method is a technique, a procedure to take control of the path and make it viable.
Every structure needs guidelines and guidelines to follow, to be fully understood.
7. Each book is a pedagogy designed to train its reader
Books are not only entertainment, they are also a means of learning.
8. The question of architecture is in fact the problem of the place, of the place in space.
Space is limited and architecture is the technique to organize and redistribute it.
9. We know that political space is the lie par excellence
Derrida has always seen politics as an implacable and untruthful tool of manipulation.
10. Deconstruction is not only the technique of an “upset construction”, because it conceives the idea of construction
Thus the author defended his terminology, which many have misinterpreted due to his critical thinking.
11. If the translator does not copy or restore an original, it is because it survives and is transformed.
A reflection on literature.
12. What is relevant in the lie is never its content, but the goal of the liar
Jacques has always insisted on the ultimate goal of lying.
13. A lie is not something that is opposed to the truth, but lies in its goal.
Again, with this phrase, he justified the use of lying based on his intentionality.
14. Translation will in fact be a moment of one’s own growth, it will end while growing up.
The translation technique is not only based on the literal copy of the original in another language, it is also used to enrich it.
15. The decisive element is the damage he causes to the other, without which the lie does not exist
Derrida was a thinker and an analyst between the relationships of one with the other and the way in which they are affected.
16. One could say that there is nothing more architectural and at the same time neither more nor less architectural than deconstruction
Deconstruction was a controversial and controversial concept. It was not defined in one way. He sinned from what he criticized in the same way.
17. The establishment of a place which until then did not exist and which agrees with what will happen there one day: it is the place.
The place as a phenomenon invented by the hand of man, and consensual at the same time.
18. When the original of a translation requires an addition, it is because originally it was not without flaws, complete, complete, total
Often, the original texts are poorly translated due to their poor linguistic or grammatical expression.
19. The modern political lie no longer hides anything behind it, but is based on what everyone is
Political lies reflect the lies of fellow citizens.
20. Mass productions do not train readers, but fantastically assume an already programmed reader
With this sentence, Jacques Derrida criticized the structure and hierarchy of book publishers, as a tool of indoctrination.
21. The path is not a method; it should be clear
The path to follow is not a method, the technique that follows the path, yes.
22. Each architectural space, each living space starts from a principle: that the building is on a path
This is the relationship that Jacques establishes between the path and the architecture, as a technique to be achieved.
23. The difficulty in defining the word deconstruction is due to the fact that all the syntactic articulations which seem to lend themselves to this definition are also deconstructible.
Even the very concept of deconstruction can be easily disassembled and invalidated.
24. There is no building without roads leading to it, nor buildings without interior paths, corridors, stairs, corridors or doors.
Each building has several paths, whether for entry, exit or orientation.
25. Deconstruction is neither an analysis nor a critique, and the translation must take this into account
Derrida insisted on the small confrontation his theory wanted, and therefore misinterpreted it by many followers.
26. It is not enough to say that deconstruction cannot be reduced to a simple methodological instrument, to a set of rules.
The very definition of the term deconstruction was so vague and complex
27. It should also be noted that deconstruction is not only an act or an operation
This is how Derrida tried to define his deconstructivism, as something abstract.
28. The very instance of the crisis (decision, election, judgment, discernment) is one of the essential objects of deconstruction.
Once again, the author underlined the critical meaning of his thesis
29. The desire for a new place, galleries, corridors, a new way of living, of thinking. It is a promise
The physical place is a collection of desires and promises which, until they are fulfilled, are not effective.
30. The places are where desire can recognize itself, in which it can dwell
As has been said over and over again, a place is something agreed upon between a given community in order to coexist.
31. All deconstruction takes place; it is an event that awaits neither deliberation, nor organization of the subject, nor even modernity
More than a technique, Derrida called deconstruction a literary event.
32. A community must assume and carry out an architectural reflection
Architecture as a technique of social construction.
33. There is nothing which is present in itself independently of the other in the constitution of the world.
Human interdependence is another of the themes that fascinates the philosopher.
34. I am at war with myself
Derrida was the first to recognize and accept contradictions, and often criticized himself.
35. I cried when I returned to school shortly after I was old enough to be ashamed of such behavior
Jacques Derrida did not always like going to school and learning.
36. I wrote bad poetry which I published in North African magazines, but by withdrawing from this reading, it also brought me the life of a young hooligan guy.
He always maintained an attitude of self-criticism in everything he did, and so he recognized it.
37. I dreamed of writing and already models were teaching the dream, a certain language governed
Derrida stated that all of us, ever since we started dreaming, have been told how we should do it.
38. Everything is arranged to be so, this is called culture
Culture and values as something imposed, something that we have to accept in order to survive.
39. If they ask me what I believe in, I don’t believe in anything
He was often vague and with unclear ideas.
40. I do my best to escape this trap
Jacques was not an illusionist. He did nothing that could not be demonstrated or refuted empirically.
41. I never do things for the simple fact of complicating, that would be ridiculous
I always had a head when it came to analyzing things. Like a path that guides us to a certain place.
42. The problem with the media is that they don’t publish things as they are, but adapt them to what is politically acceptable.
Jacques was also a detractor of the language used by the media, always adapting it to his interests.
43. The appearance of the photo does not matter. It is the gaze of the other that will give him value
Interpretation, even of an image, is purely subjective. It all depends on how you look at it.
44. If a job is threatening, it is good, competent and full of conviction.
This highlighted the reaction when one of his works was vetoed and / or heavily criticized.
45. My critics organize a series of obsessive cults with my personality
Some of Derrida’s academic colleagues paid more attention to his person than to his work.
46. All discourse, poetic or oracular, includes a system of rules which define a methodology
Everything is arranged and predisposed so that we say it in a concrete way.
47. I don’t believe in the purity of languages
For this author, languages were a tool of communication and not a symbol of identity.
48. My most fervent opponents think that I am too visible, too alive and too present in the texts
Sometimes Derrida took his critics by surprise, as he dismantled many of his works.
49. No one gets angry with a mathematician or a physicist whom he does not understand. We only get angry when we insult it in our language
A curiosity which saw the Algerian author and which few to highlight.
50. We are all mediators, translators
We always interpret what we are told, what we want to say or what we are told.
51. Whenever there is a language, generalities will come into play
This was the great criticism Jacques made as a linguist.
52. Who said we were only born once?
He often etzibaba sentences that went beyond logic.
53. Some authors offend me for not having recognized their field, their institution
This explains the behavior of some colleagues who came to criticize him so much.
54. I have always had difficulty in recognizing myself in an institutionalized political language
Perhaps this is the best time to mention-: Derrida was a politically incorrect man, he always escaped what others expected of him.
55. To this day, I still take classes without having crossed the physical barrier. My stomach, eyes, and anxiety play a role. I haven’t left school yet
For Derrida, the physique also counts. Besides being an emotional being, he paid special attention to the physical part to explain human behavior
56. My years at the Normal School were dictatorial. There was nothing left for me to do
He again denounces how systematic and hierarchical everything is, especially teaching.
57. The years of embarkation have been a difficult period for me. I have always walked nervously and with all kinds of problems
He was unfairly treated for being Jewish and for his Arab origins.
58. What I do not see of myself can be seen by the Other
The other is all the rest after the ego, of what is ours, and we cannot get rid of it.
59. All that I miss in my home, I can observe it in the others
He has always been a humanist philosopher, and had others as a reference when he searched for his shortcomings.
60. We must wait for the Other to come as righteousness and if we want to be able to negotiate with him, we must do so with righteousness as a guide.
Jacques Derrida was above all a fair and equitable man.
61. God does not give the law but only gives meaning to justice
This is how the author interprets the divine commandments
62. Those to whom power is entrusted to us, we must supervise them in responsible justice
Social justice is one of the basic principles of a cohesive society.
63. Today, philosophy is in grave danger of being forgotten
A sentence that is still valid.