chapter  7
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Derrida: Spinozistic Plotinianism

This chapter does not offer a reading of any particular text of Derrida’s. Instead it analyses the implications that can be discerned from what is deemed to be a central claim of Derrida’s philosophy, namely that there is nothing outside the text.3 From this almost axiomatic claim this chapter extracts a logic that brings Derrida close to both Spinoza and Plotinus. The idiom which Derrida’s philosophy assumes invites complication and often obfuscation. Instead I shall endeavour to keep the terms used and the logic employed as simple as possible. But the endeavour to critique this most slippery of thinkers will require some difficult moves, which unfortunately are unavoidable.