Language, philosophy and the risk of failure: rereading the debate between Searle and Derrida

  title={Language, philosophy and the risk of failure: rereading the debate between Searle and Derrida},
  author={Hagi Kenaan},
  journal={Continental Philosophy Review},
  • H. Kenaan
  • Published 1 June 2002
  • Philosophy
  • Continental Philosophy Review
In this paper I return to one of the central points of contention in the renowned debate between John Searle and Jacques Derrida with the aim of rethinking the role of success and the place of failure in communication. What is the philosophical significance of Austin's decision to exclude from his investigation (in How to Do Things with Words) certain utterances that cannot qualify as successful? Examining the conflicting ways in which Searle and Derrida understand and respond to Austin, I try… 

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