Understanding Each Other: The Case of the Derrida-Searle Debate

  title={Understanding Each Other: The Case of the Derrida-Searle Debate},
  author={Stanley Raffel},
  journal={Human Studies},
  • S. Raffel
  • Published 28 July 2011
  • Economics
  • Human Studies
This paper revisits the Derrida-Searle debate, an exchange that, unfortunately, did not lead to much, if any, mutual understanding. I will suggest that this failure can be traced back to key features of their respective theories. In that Searle and Derrida use their own theories of speech as resources in trying to understand each other, their unsuccessful communication can be used to reveal a great deal about the limitations of both their theories. My paper tries to draw out these limitations… 

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