A movement in contemporary continental philosophy, deconstructionism is preoccupied with textual criticism or the ambiguous role that the text can play in communicative acts such as writing. It represents a theoretical approach to research in the humanities and also forms a qualitative method for studying media in mass society.

Origins of Deconstruction

Deconstructionism, or simply deconstruction, is a philosophy founded by the late French post-structuralist philosopher Jacques Derrida in the 1960s, which was very much in fashion in various intellectual circles in the 1970s and the 1980s. The philosophy of deconstructionism is informed by earlier works in continental philosophy, notably those of Friedrich Nietzsche, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and Martin Heidegger, and also has origins in literature. Derrida drew on structuralism, especially that of linguist Ferdinand de ...

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