The “Truth” of a Literary Term

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From Jacques Derrida’s “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences”: 

“It would be possible to show that all the names related to fundamentals, to principles, or to the center have always designated the constant of a presence—eidos, archè, telos, energia, ousia (essence, existence, substance, subject), aletheia…” (354). 

While there are certainly many words in this sentence that one could define, I am choosing to focus on “aletheia.”  According to Wikipedia, aletheia: “is the Greek word for “truth", and like the English word implies sincerity as well as factuality or reality. The literal meaning of the word…is, "the state of not being hidden; the state of being evident.’”  In other words, aletheia is the idea of truth which we frequently center ourselves around, yet does not truly exist according to poststructuralism. 

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