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Introduction: what is poststructuralism?

Poststructuralism is the name for a movement in philosophy that began in the 1960s. The first idea that allows for an answer to these points is that the limits of knowledge play an unavoidable role at its core. This is the common thread running through poststructuralism. One aspect of poststructuralism is its power to resist and work against settled truths and oppositions. Although it is associated with works produced in the 1960s and 1970s, poststructuralism has deep historical roots. These allow for a better sense of the meaning and possibility of folding limits back. Freuds work has a much less ambiguous place in roots of poststructuralism than Heideggers. This is because Freuds work on the unconscious is an important stage towards poststructuralism, but it is reacted to very strongly and transformed. In poststructuralism, the limits can be seen as the transcendental conditions for the core. Keeping democracy alive through creative transformation is a key part of the politics of poststructuralism.