The Villanova Roundtable: A Conversation with Jacques Derrida

“The Villanova Roundtable: A Conversation with Jacques Derrida,” in Deconstruction in a Nutshell ed. John D. Caputo (New York: Fordham University Press, 1997): pp. 4-28.


“Now, nevertheless, the way that I try to read Plato, Aristotle and others is not a way of, let’s say, commending or repeating or conserving this heritage. It is an analysis which tries to find out how their thinking works or doesn’t work, [an analysis] of the tensions, the contradictions, the heterogeneity within their own corpus, as well as the law of this self-deconstruction. Deconstruction is not a method or a tool that you apply from the outside to something, deconstruction is something which happens, which happens inside.”

The European Graduate School