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Synonyms for deconstruction

a philosophical theory of criticism (usually of literature or film) that seeks to expose deep-seated contradictions in a work by delving below its surface meaning

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The kind of anticipatory skepticism that the 1980s and 90s so obsessively located in early German Romanticism, and which so often could look like poststructuralism avant la lettre, looks very different when one acknowledges that Romanticism understood itself centrally as both epistemology and metaphysics.
the contention of this book that once the significance of Hegel's response to the problems that beset Kant's critical philosophy is understood, a philosophical dialogue between Hegel and poststructuralism becomes possible.
It is after a compelling account of Barthes' stepping into poststructuralism through his "Death of the Author" that "Davoid's" authorial self-consciousness emerges, via Derrida's arguments on "the trace" and conceptual "erasure", admittedly simplifying Derrida "in a very un-Derridan way" (97).
Post-positivism was soon challenged by postmodernism in its different forms, including poststructuralism.
Certainly one of Patton's most original contributions as a philosopher (Dan Smith [2003] has already noted that in his Deleuzian articulations Patton does not write just as a commentator) is to be found in the conceptual bridges he constructs between French poststructuralism and Anglophone liberal egalitarianism, in so doing announcing the end of their mutual exclusivity.
Campbell's most captivating insights occur in chapters 6 through 10 as he propounds the idea that Boulez passed through a structuralist phase and progressed to emulate the tenets of fully fledged poststructuralism in his music; this is evident in many post-1968 pieces that project difference and multiplicity and unfold "rhizomatically.
His poststructuralism driven more by Thom's and Mandlebrot's 'postmodern science' also provided the grounds for the critique of the knowledge/information economies at least in its neoliberal forms in terms of 'perfomativity' which was essential a second generation systems analysis based on an understanding of the spatialization of knowledge.
Thus, while Riley argues that poststructuralism owed much to a Durkheimian legacy, he posits a complex and contingent process of reconfiguration and transformation rather than simple continuity.
Introducing Postfeminism traces the effect of French feminist theory on contemporary gender politics and culture, and describes how postfeminist theorists have drawn from a range of discourses including psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, postmodernism and postcolonialism our understanding of feminism.
Despite Young's uncompromising stance on poststructuralism and its engagements with race (and to be sure, Signs of Race in Poststructuralism is so broad in its selection of texts and so detailed in its analyses one can hardly dismiss this determined stance as the result of a naif's lazy work), by the end of his text he cannot do without certain poststructuralist formulations, including Jacques Lacan's Law of the Father.
After a new chapter on important traditions in the philosophy of science, the authors address the four main levels in a reflexive methodology: grounded theory, hermeneutics, critical theory, and poststructuralism and postmodernism.
Drawing from feminist poststructuralism and queer theory, theoretical tools are used to examine children's play outside of development.
Ralston and Keeble argue that the valuable insights provided by poststructuralism, postcolonialism, and feminist analyses of difference should not cause scholars to become immobilized by the fear of being labeled ethnocentric and neo-colonialist.
Unstable Universalities: Poststructuralism and Radical Politics
As the literary critical culture that had emphasized either "basic scholarship for establishing texts" or "interpretive exegesis" of specific works began by the late 1970s to "show signs of fatigue," academic criticism famously turned to the "intellectual and political impulses in poststructuralism [as provided largely by] Michel Foucault.