Derrida's challenge to history: text and context.
Jacques Derrida’s deconstruction is a way of thinking that is still not very well known in Czech intellectual life and for various reasons professional historians see it as a threat to the history as a scientific discipline. In reality, as can be seen from the example of G.G. Iggers, such fears tend to be based on ignorance or irresponsible treatment of Derrida’s texts, and as a result the possible benefits of Derrida’s concepts for history are overlooked. This study aims to elucidate the key concepts and sections of Derrida’s philosophy, especially those that relate relatively directly to historical science and have potentially important consequences for it.
Dějiny – Teorie – Kritika, redakce, Masarykův ústav a Archiv AV ČR, v.v.i., Gabčíkova 2362/10, 180 00 Praha 8, Czech Republic
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