Different origins

Gough, Tim (2004) Different origins. In: PRIMITIVE; 15 - 17 Sep 2004, Cardiff, Wales. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Jacques Derrida, in Of Grammatology, addresses Rousseau�s concept of the primitive outlined in the Essay on the Origins of Language. In place of Rousseau�s classical derivation of language from the spoken word, Derrida famously proposes the mark or trace as a non-originary �origin�. This in turn leaves any notion of the primitive as ready for a deconstructive reading; that is, it posits that any notion of �the primitive� is a constructed (ie non-primitive) idea with a history and political intent. This paper will address to what extent does this theory of the mark and the questioning of the possibility of an origin present us with an essentially positive possibility of recasting architectural meaning outside a metaphysics which privileges the linguistic above certain of its �others�, for instance, materiality.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Event Title: PRIMITIVE
Research Area: Architecture and the built environment
Philosophy
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture > School of Architecture and Landscape
Depositing User: Tim Gough
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2009 13:22
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2012 21:48
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/6262

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