Deconstructing Roe v. Wade

One of the few benefits of deconstruction is that it takes down overwrought orthodoxy.  Roe v. Wade has achieved a divine status, like a textual god.  But it's possible to expose its feet of clay. One prime example of deconstruction is French philosopher Jacques Derrida's takedown of Freud.  Freud built up an edifice of real-life therapy from mere interpretations of the unconscious through dreams or slight gestures or utterances from his patients; his elaborate interpretations had material consequences and impacted how people saw themselves and lived.  His far-reaching interpretations from such thin evidence impacted Western society, too. This, among other reasons, is why Derrida chose the book title The Post Card.  So little information is offered on them, so the recipients don't know how to interpret the scant handwritten text or the beautiful picture.  It's possible to over-interpret the silence – not enough...(Read Full Article)

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