1887

n Acta Academica - The contemporary context of relativity and relativism

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 0587-2405

Abstract

In this paper an analogy is drawn between certain features of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and the model of signification encountered in the work of the post-structuralists Lacan and Derrida. This analogy pivots on an achievement that is common to Einstein's theory and the (post-)structuralist model of the sign, namely the subversion of the conceit of having access to something "absolute" - an "absolute" spatiotemporal vantage point in the case of Einstein, and "absolute" (immediate, fully present) meaning in the case of Derrida and Lacan. To be able to demonstrate this, the functionings of the structuralist "sign" and its radicalised post-structuralist counterpart are contrasted with the traditional referential model of meaning, while Einstein's Special Theory is scrutinised with a view to establishing a basis for comparison with post-structuralist semiotics. End

<b>Die kontemporêre konteks van relatiwiteit en relativisme</b> <br>In hierdie artikel word betoog dat 'n analogie aangetoon kan word tussen Einstein se spesiale relatiwiteitsteorie en die betekenismodel wat by poststrukturaliste Lacan en Derrida aangetref word. Hierdie analogie berus op dit wat Einstein se teorie en die (post)strukturalistiese model van die teken met mekaar gemeen het, naamlik om die waandenkbeeld van menslike toegang tot iets "absoluuts" te ondergrawe - 'n "absolute" tydruimtelike oogpunt in die geval van Einstein, en "absolute" (onmiddellike, volledig teenwoordige) betekenis in die geval van Derrida en Lacan. Ten einde dit te demonstreer, word die funksionering van die strukturalistiese "teken" asook die geradikaliseerde poststrukturalistiese weergawe daarvan met die tradisionele referensiële betekenismodel gekontrasteer, terwyl Einstein se spesiale relatiwiteitsteorie onder die loep geneem word met die doel om 'n basis te vind vir 'n vergelyking met poststrukturalistiese semiotiek. End

Loading full text...

Full text loading...

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/academ/2005/sup-2/EJC15161
2005-01-01
2019-10-14

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error