For a more destructive deconstruction: Destroying monster-traditions

Mark Manolopoulos

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What if deconstruction were as dangerous as its critics make it out to be?
What if we actually advanced a more destructive deconstruction? In a world torn apart by various crises, what is required is a stronger, more ambitious deconstruction that moves beyond softer, descriptive versions (Derrida's, Caputo's, etc.). I propose a more ruthless deconstruction, one that is unashamed to “slay monsters” (Caputo's words), especially the monster-traditions of Church, Capital, and “Democracy.” I begin by noting the significance and relevance of deconstruction during the present, a time of “revolutionary stirring.” I then focus on Derrida‟s statement that he is “a very conservative person,” a remark unsatisfactorily explored by Caputo. I then show how Caputo's construal of traditions in this text is extremely problematic. However, his later thinking shows signs of a more radical deconstructive bent, one which leads downs the roads of revolution and communism (“a radical community of equals”).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-85
JournalFORMA: Journal of Comparative Studies: Art, Literature and Thought
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Deconstruction
  • Revolution
  • Church
  • Capital
  • Democracy

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