In this thesis I will follow the works of Jacques Derrida and Hans-Georg Gadamer, reconciling both thinkers by providing a reflection on the necessary and foundational conditions for the experience of meaning. A reflection on Jacques Derrida's formulations on diffÃ©rance, trace, absence, presence, clÃ´ture, and hospitality, alongside Gadamer's critical hermeneutics on the aesthetics of play and interpretation will open up this tension and provide a new relation for the possibility for meaning. By reconciling these two philosophers it will become apparent that the Self-Other relationship, the activ-ity of difference,and the trace, all condition a space for heterogeneity within linguistic, hermeneutic, and narrative meaning. It is my case here that we must submit to the multiplicity of identities of meaning in language and reformulate the idea of meaning as a development that emerges not from a radically subjective consciousness, but constituted by absence, history as trace, and most importantly the 'Other.'
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Jones, Donald E.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Arts and Humanities -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Humanities
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Kaplan, Leah, "The Meaning of Being in Speech: Language, Narrative, and Thought" (2013). HIM 1990-2015. 1501.