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"All these texts, which are doubtless the interminable preface to another text that one day I would like to have the force to write, or still the epigraph to another that I would never have the audacity to write, are only the commentary on the sentence about a labyrinth of ciphers that is the epigraph to <i>Speech and Phenomena</i>...<sup>5</sup> [5. T.N. The epigraph reads: "A name on being mentioned reminds us of the Dresden Gallery and of our last visit there: we wander through the rooms, and stand before a picture of Tenier's which represents a picture gallery. When we consider that pictures of the latter would in turn portray pictures which on their part exhibited readable inscriptions and so forth..." Husserl, <i>Ideas</i>, trans. W.R. Boyce Gibson (New York: Macmillan, 1962), p.270.]" p5

"To "deconstruct" philosophy, thus, would be to think - in the most faithful, interior way - the structured genealogy of philosophy's concepts, but at the same time to determine - from a certain exterior that is unqualifiable or unnameable by philosophy - what this history has been able to dissimulate or forbid, making itself into a history by means of this somewhere motivated representation." p6

"<i>First, differance</i> refers to the (active <i>and</i> passive) movement that consists in deferring by means of delay, delegation, reprieve, referral, detour, postponement, reserving. In this sense, <i>differance</i> is not preceded by the originary and indivisible unity of a present possibility that I could reserve, like an expenditure that I would put off calculatedly or for reasons of economy." p8

"<i>Second</i>, the movement of <i>differance</i>, as that which produces different things that which differentiates, is the common root of all the oppositional concepts that mark our language, such as, to take only a few examples, sensible/intelligible, intuition/signification, nature/culture, etc. As a common root, <i>differance</i> is also the element of the <i>same</i> (to be distinguished from the identical) in which these oppositions are announced. <i>Third, differance</i> is also the production, if it can still be put this way, of these differences, of the diacriticity that the linguistics generated by Saussure, and all the structrual sciences modeled upon it, have recalled is the condition for any signification and any structure. These differences - and, for example, the taxonomical science which they may occassion - are the effects of <i>differance</i>; they are neither inscribed in the heavens, nor in the brain, which does not mean that they are produced by the activity of some speaking subject. From this point of view, the concept of <i>differance</i> is neither simply structuralist, nor simply geneticist, such an alternative itself being and "effect" of <i>differance</i>. " p9

"It is a question, rather, of producing a new concept of writing. This concept can be called <i>gram</i> or <i>differance</i>. The play of differences supposes, in effect, syntheses and referrals which forbid at any moment, or in any sense, that a simple element be <i>present</i> in and of itself, referring only to itself. Whether in the order of spoken or written discourse, no element can function as a sign without referring to another element which itself is not simply present. This interweaving results in each "element"-phoneme or grapheme-being constituted on the basis of the trace within it of the other elements of the chain or system. This interweaving, this textile, is the <i>text</i> produced only in the transformation of another text. Nothing, neither among the elements nor within the system, is anywhere ever simply present or absent. There are only everywhere, differences and traces of traces." p26

"The gram as <i>differance</i>, then is a structure and a movement no longer conceivable on the basis of the opposition presence/absence. <i>Differance></i> is the systematic play of differences, of the traces of differences, of the <i>spacing</i> by means of which elements are related to each other. This spacing is the simultaneously active and passive (the <i>a</i> of <i>differance</i> indicates this indecision as concerns activity and passivity, that which cannot be governed by or distributed between the terms of this opposition) production of the intervals without which the "full" terms would not signify, would not function." p27

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