Tag: Deconstruction

Law is a Fugue

Law is, metaphorically speaking, a fugue.1 This metaphor is intended to compare law with the form, structure, and spirit of fugue, and by doing so to provide yet another way to (partially) reveal the nature of law. The fugue is the highest point of contrapuntal development in Western tonal music. The word “contrapuntal” comes from…

Jacques Derrida: Deconstruction

Key Concept Deconstruction by its very nature defies institutionalization in an authoritative definition. The concept was first outlined by Derrida in Of Grammatology where he explored the interplay between language and the construction of meaning. From this early work, and later works in which he has attempted to explain deconstruction to others, most notably the…

Deconstructing Copyright

Derrida (and post-structuralism) on the “author” and copyright[Acknowledge] the importance of the desires and fantasms that are at stake in a proper name, a copyright, or a signature. (Jacques Derrida, “Limited Inc a b c …”) As Elton Fukumoto argues,1 the concept and ideology of the “author” developed in England during the 18th century as a…