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8 What is ground-breaking about psychoanalysis for Derrida is precisely this insight into how apparently simple, identical and present points of origin – such as the consciousness of the subject – are actually the product of an originary and unthought network of diﬀerences: ‘The putting into question of the authority of consciousness is ﬁrst and always diﬀerential’ (Margins, p. 18). Even so, Derrida is no simple or uncritical follower of Freud because – just as we saw in the case of Nietzsche and Marx – he continually detects the traces of a commitment to metaphysical concepts throughout Freud’s corpus.
Findlay (New York: Humanities Press, 1970). All further references will be abbreviated in the text. 13. Edmund Husserl, The Phenomenology of Internal Time Consciousness, trans. James Churchill (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1964), pp. 50–1. For Derrida, Husserl does not fully capitalise on his own 40 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Derrida’s Of Grammatology insight: the phenomenologist stresses the originary ‘present’ impression at the expense of the retention and protentions that also comprise the process of perception.
For Derrida, in other words, Husserl’s phenomenology shows us that, even in its most rigorous philosophical form, the metaphysics of presence depends upon a Historical Context 29 foundational instability: the promotion of truth, presence and speech is always bought at the expense of a repression of mediation, language and writing. In this way, Derrida’s critique of metaphysics takes him beyond what is traditionally understood as the domain of ‘philosophy’ and into the ﬁeld of what, in France, are called the human sciences: linguistics, literature, psychoanalysis and the then-dominant intellectual movement called ‘structuralism’.
Derrida's ''Of Grammatology'' by Arthur Bradley