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Différance is sometimes a misspelling of difference.

Definition of the noun Différance

What does Différance mean as a name of something?


  1. [context: literary theory, linguistics] The endless deferral of any ultimate meaning in a word or sentence, owing to the necessity of recourse to a potentially infinite series of other, equally uncertain words or signs.


Différance is a French term coined by Jacques Derrida, deliberately homophonous with the word "différence". Différance plays on the fact that the French word différer means both "to defer" and "to differ.

  • also known as Differance

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Google previewEducation, Philosophy and Politics (2013)

The Selected Works of Michael A. Peters by Michael A Peters

writes that: 'First, différance refers to the (active and passive) movement that consists in deferring by means of delay, delegation, reprieve, detour, postponement, reserving.' In this sense ...

Google previewThe Politics of Postsecular Religion (2012)

Mourning Secular Futures by Ananda Abeysekara

Différance is that which “differs from, and defers, itself,” and thinking about this “ radical alterity... makes us concerned not with horizons of modified—past or future—presents, but with a 'past' that has never been present, and which never will be ...

Google previewThe Routledge Companion to Social Theory (2009)

by Anthony Elliott

Différance is a deliberate misspelling of the French verb différer that means both ' to differ' and 'to defer.' Spelled differently, it sounds the same; it has to be seen written for the play to be understood. The dual meanings of the verb are both the ...

Google previewSufism and Deconstruction (2004)

A Comparative Study of Derrida and Ibn 'Arabi by Ian Almond

Différance is that which allows identities to produce differences – and differences to produce identities – ad infinitum, endlessly disseminating a trace without origins, without ever taking part in the process.

Google previewThe Future Life of Trauma (2017)

Partitions, Borders, Repetition by Jennifer Yusin

To the extent that the question of what announces itself as différance is a question of legacy, it is also then a question of (its own) childhood.

Google previewThe Allure of Things: Process and Object in Contemporary Philosophy (2014)

by Roland Faber, Andrew Goffey

Derrida's neologism “différance” is designed to (1) capturethe two senses of difference, and (2) themannerinwhich all presenceharbors absence withinitself. Différance is a nonconcept that both makes anargumentand performs the argument it ...

Google previewARCHITECTURE, ARCHAEOLOGY AND CONTEMPORARY CITY PLANNING "State of knowledge in the digital age" - Proceedings of the 2015 workshop

by Giorgio Verdiani, Per Cornell, Pablo Rodriguez-Navarro

The différance is a movement, but no “thing”, and no kingdom, it is merely a movement, which in itself cannot be defined or grasped in any sort of “entirety”. Différance is not Being, not even a horizon of Being; Being is a result of the play of ...

Google previewThe Derrida Dictionary (2010)

by Simon Morgan Wortham

Différance is thus the non-signifying difference that traverses every mark, the unpresentable and unsystematizable remainder which at once constitutes and exceeds the mark's very possibility. (Derrida's affirmation of an originary différance ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies (2009)

by Mona Baker, Gabriela Saldanha

différance. The French verb différer has two meanings, roughly corresponding to the English 'to defer' ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Global Justice (2012)

by Deen K. Chatterjee

différance, which, as presented in Derrida's 1968 essay of the same title, connotes a kind of “spacing/temporalizing” associated with “the movement that structures every dissociation.” Différance is an important concept in Derrida's later works, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Time (2009)

Science, Philosophy, Theology, & Culture by H. James Birx

Différance originates before all differences, and its “ance” ending indicates that it is neither simply a word nor a concept; it is neither active nor passive; and it is neither existence nor essence. It makes no ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2015)

by Chris Baldick

différance. [difairahns] A term coined by the philosopher Jacques Derrida to combine two senses of the French verb différer (to differ, and to defer or postpone ) in a noun which is spelt differently from différence but pronounced in the same way.

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Qualitative Inquiry (2014)

by Thomas A. Schwandt

Différance. See. Heremeneutics. Discourse Analysis See Data Analysis. Discourse Theory Postmodern discourse theory.

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