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Derrida’s “chimerical experimental exercise”: an ecolinguistic dream of a more biocentric language

Keith Moser
From the journal Semiotica


The purpose of this study is to probe the implications of Derrida’s linguistic theories in his late philosophy. Adopting an interdisciplinary and deconstructive approach to critical discourse analysis that erodes the foundation of anthropocentric binary thought paradigms, this exploration of Derrida’s ecolinguistic dream of a more biocentric language (re-)problematizes three specific cognitive structures that represent an unsustainable form of dichotomous thinking. The philosopher illustrates that the concept of “human” and “animal,” the “genesis myth,” and the Cartesian notion of the Bête machine are deadly delusions that must be replaced with a more biocentric outlook on life.

Corresponding author: Keith Moser, Mississippi State University, Mississippi, USA, E-mail:


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Received: 2020-03-28
Accepted: 2021-03-01
Published Online: 2021-07-28
Published in Print: 2021-09-27

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