Definition of deconstruction in English:



  • A method of critical analysis of philosophical and literary language which emphasizes the internal workings of language and conceptual systems, the relational quality of meaning, and the assumptions implicit in forms of expression.

    • ‘Alas, these are the only two texts critical of deconstruction that I have ever found that also understand it.’
    • ‘In philosophical terms, deconstruction is a form of relativist scepticism in the tradition of Nietzsche.’
    • ‘Derrida has two main ways of exposing these textual interplays, deconstruction and double reading.’
    • ‘Many authors have criticized Derrida's attempts to find an ethical basis for deconstruction.’
    • ‘Many contemporary writers are familiar with the procedures of post-structuralism and deconstruction.’
    analysis, examination, study, inspection, scrutiny, scrutinization, probe, probing, exploration, investigation, enquiry
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Late 19th century (originally in the general sense ‘taking to pieces’): from de- (expressing reversal) + construction.