“Acts of Language”. Derrida and the Problem of the Signature. Anti- Foundationalist Theories. Reassessing the logic of “origins” Anderson: “…nation- ness , as well as nationalism, are cultural artifacts of a particular kind” (4).
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Derrida and the Problem of the Signature
“Is it that the good people have already freed themselves in fact and are only stating the fact of this emancipation in the Declaration? Or is it rather that they free themselves at the instant of and by the signature of this Declaration? It is not a question here of an obscurity or a difficulty of interpretation, of a problematic on the way to its (re)solution. It is not a question of a difficult analysis which would fail in the face of the structure of the acts involved and the overdetermined temporality of the events. This obscurity, this undecidability between, let’s say, a performative structure and a constantivestructure, is required in order to produce the sought-after effect” (Derrida 9).