Thursday, 24 December 2015

Derrida the Joker

Once the joker of the philosophical scene.
He philosophised with a grin.
A modern-day Protagoras to our many little Platos.
He knew the tradition’s big joke.
And the big joke was the Tradition itself.
(Note well the tall Platonic 'T'.)
To him it wasn’t a joke to take it all as a joke.
To joke about the transcendental light of Reason, say.
The light which lit up metaphysicians.
That sanctified the systems in which so many travelled.

Derrida played the Tradition.
He acknowledged that play.
And all within the Jew-Greek's syntax and semantics.
Yes, not even Derrida could transcend Reason’s reign.
He had no other language with which he could aim his deconstructive arrows.
His own concepts remained coloured by the Tradition.

The Derridian technique?
To untie, quietly, the tight strings of each system.
To turn its concepts against its concepts.
And to break logical law with logical law.

Derrida knew not to let the fly out of the fly-bottle.
Thus, in a language sometimes fuzzy, sometimes flaccid, he spoke to the fuzzy and the flaccid.
And spoke to them of the fuzzy and the flaccid.

Plato, the arch enemy, loved all immutable things.
Then a Greek Sophist bent Plato’s ruse.
He showed the Athenians that what’s true on Thursday isn't true on Friday.
That p and not-p have equal weight.
Derrida too cast off such objectivisms of Western philosophy.
And cut out the lust for system.
For the categorial prison in which objects are kept safe and bound.
He saw the primacy of the Same
And the degradation of Levinas’s Other.
Derrida even tried to argue that A didn’t equal A.
That static Being is an illusion of metaphysics.
Derrida's sexy little fiddle with the law of identity.

Derrida also gave us a giddy lattice-work of citation

and citation of citation…
Oh, to be free of Continental pretence?
To be free of Derridian play?


  1. A joker no doubt, but a dangerous joker. Derrida dismantled all our pious faiths in tradition by working like a parasite. He betrayed everything held sacred in Western tradition of philosophy out of faith in undeconstructible justice that working through juridical figuration of right (cycle of vengeance) points to promise that borders on madness from specular logic dialectics.

  2. Good/Not Good;the verse structures could use a little honing here and there as well,but entertaining nonetheless.