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Deconstruction ( French: déconstruction) is a form of semiotic analysis, derived mainly from French philosopher Jacques Derrida's 1967 work Of Grammatology . Its first task, starting with philosophical texts and afterwards in literary and juridical ones, is to identify and question all the binary oppositions of metaphysics at work in a text (signifier/signified; sensible/intelligible; writing/speech; passivity/activity; autonomy/heteronomy; empirical/transcendental; immanent/transcendent; essence/appearance; man/animal; male/female; Sovereign/beast; normal/abnormal; rational/irrational; sane/mad; etc).

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