Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences

  title={Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences},
  author={Jacques Derrida},
Perhaps something has occurred in the history of the concept of structure that could be called an "event," if this loaded word did not entail a meaning which it is precisely the function of structural-or structuralist-thought to reduce or to suspect. But let me use the term "event" anyway, employing it with caution and as if in quotation marks. In this sense, this event will have the exterior form of a rupture and a redoubling. 

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