Aesthetica Preprint, 36 (December 1992)

Ann Van Sevenant, Deconstruction and Derrida

The main issue of this book is to give a positive interpretation of the phenomenon of deconstruction. It stresses the fact that deconstruction in philosophy does not merely signify to perform the opposite direction of traditional philosophy. Deconstruction is neither destructive, nor nihilistic. It rather searches to underline the problematic character of the metaphysical language and its dominant concepts, as well as the thinking pattern inherent in Western metaphysics. However, deconstruction is an event, something that happens, rather than a program. Deconstruction offers the possibility of rethinking, not only traditional metaphysics, but a wider range of different domains as well, such as ethics, aesthetics, science, theology and architecture. Each of the chapters concentrates on the way Derrida has dealt with the application of deconstruction in the mentioned fields, although he emphasises the fact that deconstruction is not simply the carrying out of a theory. Furthermore, the author has seen the possibility of giving some additional propositions regarding the continuous moving forward of the existent Western tradition with its academic structure, confronting it with itself and enriching it with its deconstructed results.