Free-play? Fair-play! Defending Derrida

Nicole Anderson

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The aim of this paper is to defend Derrida against negative interpretations of nihilism and ethical irresponsibility by arguing that Derrida's notion of différance, and deconstruction in general, is profoundly responsible. It is responsible because Derrida's différance is a condition of ethical possibility and impossibility, which enables individuals to take responsibility for decisionmaking away from the dichotomous either/or choices characteristic of normative ethics, thereby opening a political and ethical space for difference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-420
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Semiotics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Culture
  • Ethics
  • Jacques Derrida
  • Language
  • Politics
  • Textual free-play

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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