Continental Philosophy Review

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 465–481 | Cite as

Phenomenology of language beyond the deconstructive philosophy of language

  • Nam-In Lee


In Speech and Phenomena and other works, Derrida criticizes Husserl’s phenomenology and attempts to pave the way to his deconstructive philosophy. The starting point of his criticism of Husserl’s phenomenology is his assessment of the latter’s phenomenology of language developed in the Logical Investigations. Derrida claims that Husserl’s phenomenology of language in the Logical Investigations and the subsequent works is guided by the premise of the metaphysics of presence. The aim of this paper is twofold: on the one hand, it aims to show that Derrida’s criticism of Husserl’s phenomenology of language is off the mark and, on the other hand, it aims to reveal that the phenomenology of language goes far beyond the scope of the Derridian deconstructive philosophy of language.


Husserl Derrida Phenomenology of language Logical investigations Sign Logic Transcendental phenomenology Deconstructive philosophy 



This paper was presented at the “Symposium for Intercultural Phenomenology on Language,” Kyoto, Japan, February 21, 2009. I thank Professor Toru Tani, Professor Shinji Hamauzu and Professor Tetsuya Sakakibara for their kind invitation to the symposium. I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Kyeong-Seop Choi for his kind help with the English text.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Seoul National UniversitySeoulKorea

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