Saturday, 17 July 2010

Minor Project: Différance

Ok, I’m struggling a little bit to understand this concept. My own simplified explanation is this then, tell me if I’m in the right ball park.

The meaning of something is always defined by the meaning of something else, therefore there is never a single clear definition for a word. Our own understanding and meaning of words therefore based upon an individuals single cultural intake of the things around them.

It relates in some way to Death of the Author and truth being relative then? So in terms of its use as critique of society it’s a post modern stab at the idea of ‘truth’ or a singular persons vision does not having the same complete meaning for every single living being?