Logocentrism is a key term in deconstruction; it argues that there is a persistent but morbid centering of Logos (meaning thought, truth, law, reason, logic, word, and the Word) in Western thought since Plato. Putting Logos at the center of discourse gives it an unquestioned status of priority and privilege—a maneuver sometimes extended to a privileging of the male order in the form of “phallogocentrism.” Jonathan Culler, following Jacques Derrida, defines logocentrism as “the orientation of philosophy toward an order of meaning… conceived as existing in itself, as foundation.” Logocentrism is the fundamental error of mistaking what is an arbitrary and artificial construct for a verifiable event. (Handbook to Literature)
Choose an excerpt of dialogue between two characters within a manuscript you’ve already written. Study the rhetoric that the two characters currently employ. Do they both believe in “absolute truths” that are unquestionable? Does one character avoid absolute truths? How might the dialogue deepen if one character were to deny logocentrism in rhetoric—i.e., an absolute truth that some individuals hold, such as the existence of God? Studying the underlying philosophies behind your characters’ motivations will yield more nuanced and three-dimensional characters.
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