What is Deconstruction?

Eesha Sajid 

i think i learned more about deconstructing here than any of criticism classes combined

Gizem öztürk 

Thank you so much!!!!! 😭😭

Hella Jeff 

Extremely helpful; thanks Tim!

Sandeep joshi 

Yes...he clearly misses the point. This is not what Deconstruction is! Just this bloke's understanding. Derrida never posits that there is no meaning. But that the possibility of reaching at a fixed, final meaning issue postponed as due to cropping up of innumerable variety of interpretations. As such, language remains incapable of giving us a fixed, final meaning where improvement upon it is not possible.


Dawg. 😂😂

JP McGlone 

Hey Tim, or anybody. I'm trying to understand the relationship between Deconstruction and Post Structuralism.

**Can** deconstruction be applied to nonfiction text?

If you apply the same tactics to nonfiction text, what is it called, if not "deconstruction"?


Mitchell Kato 

Very funny. But it is one thing to say from a text one can extract many different meanings, and to say that from a text one can derive any kind of meannings. When we encounter a metaphor perhaps there maybe no rules to get meanings (Donald Davidson). Or they maybe a systematic theory of reading metaphor (Eva Kittay). I will come back, when I get something more interesting to say.

Gaurab Talks 

Your going bald , shave your head.


kaja physio95 

it's very useful

Ajinkya Manohar 

Nicely explained

Vishnu Das 

Do u know how to deconstruct the malayalam movie ee.Ma.yau.... By Jose pellissery...its urgent

Blu Tulip 

Wrecking ball metaphor compelled me to sub.

Miss choudhary 

Over acting

Odette Nassar 

You saved my life. Paper focused and worthy of an A. Thank you!

Dr Banesingh Jatav 


Tyler Marable 

This sounds like poppycock.

Taqdis Ansari 

You summarized Derrida in 15 seconds. I salute you!

Kibria Nasir 

Very helpful 👍🏻


Thank you! helped a bunch!

Lost Potato 

I just love u.

Abdul Qadus 

Explained in the easiest way I have ever come across. Thanks.


IT is impossible to explain anything its easier to demonstrate


Deconstructivism is the insight that words never can carry perfect meaning people see things in light of their experiences and any critic of a text is also a vaste because it cannot critic the text objectively.


A consept is not a picture, a presept are a picture, the thing you see is a specific dog or a generic representation of the consept dog, a real life dog is an object

Tyler Marable 

This sounds like poppycock. Not the lecturer; he's great. I'm talking about Deconstruction. But my words have no meaning.

Rajesh Parmar 

After watching 100 of videos and wasting my time you are first one who explaining in easy and great way ...

Loved it sir.

Great passion 

When English is your 3d language, and you have to understand this crazy topics. OMG 😱 I don't want to study anymore. 😢😢😬

Manhattan Man 

Deconstruction=Destruction=14kt Nonsense=Bullshit

Ears Antig 

I have a report about this thing and Ive been researching about deconstructionist criticism in google for hours and I'm still clueless. But thankfully I found this video, I definitely get it now thankyou so much!

Undisputed Music 


My god

Sahil Jam 

Cancer is better than deconstructionism.

Cláudio Ferreira 

Thanks for the explanation it helped a lot in studying for the exams

Dulom Dampu 

Thank you sir..

Holy Fork 

If only our lecturers were like these ones on youtube...

I Can Play The Piano 

Thanks a lot for this video!! So very helpful. I so wish you were my teacher!! Your students are exceptionally lucky to have such a wonderful teacher as you. Your channel, I’m sure, is helping tons of us out here! Thank you for sharing 😊😊🤗

Family Therapy Counseling Resources 

Thanks Tim for keeping video simple, and going straight to the point. I love the visual. Please, keep the whiteboard and writing, and funny jokes. It makes the explanation come alive. keep making more videos. You are great teacher because you are able to actually teach! lol


Dear deconstructionists, what is wrong with "doing our best"? What is wrong with aspiring to understand, or trying to find the truth, but not arriving there?

Shamim Ahasan 

If I got you at the initial stage of my graduation, I could make my CGPA bigger than what I obtained.Thank you so much for the way you explained.

yeasir habib 

Thank you so much sir. This video is the only thing that helped me to get the idea regarding Deconstruction properly. WIsh you all the best :)

Grim Reaper 

this guy is fugly like pig

Ryan Schmidt 

This was a very confusing topic for me but your explanation is very clear and concise. Thanks!

Alan Paul 

The great experiences of our lives Never happenned that is: as we are experiencing we are always interpreting - overwriting our experiences. We choose one interpretation at the exclusion of others based upon prejudices, biases, and even the constraints involving evolution. What reality is - is more like the plane of immanence and we immediatly begin there: never really seeing anything for what it is because everything exists in relationships to everything else. What deconstruction does for literature is that it allows for alternate or deeper interpretations of the text.

Manhattan Man 

This type of philosophy is technically know as, Bull-Shit.

J Derrida made a name for himself because of his muddle-headedness. He like to use words that didn't and still don't exist in any language or any dictionary. Words that he made up and had no meaning. His followers interpreted his writings as being profound, because no one could say what he was talking about, including himself!

He appeals mainly to people that have trouble thinking clearly.

Чавдар Осойски 

Jacque Derrida because he derides his readers... MUhahahah

Donald Strubler 

The issue with the seeing eye dog example is that there are multiple cultural cases that are given. Elevators as human transport, and those which may allow dogs. If the mechanism and interface of an elevator is quite implicitly oriented to humans (symbology, licensing, inspection, language), then the 'case' transitions into being a human oriented model of communication, regardless of if dogs or anything else are ever allowed on it. If you extend the 'case' to ask if its for blind people, we immediately resolve that it cannot be (unless there's braile). The 'case' then transitions to being for a seeing human, and is ultimately a negation. The meaning reduces to "No Dogs" and and presents itself with an exception for 1) dogs that wouldnt be able to read the sign and 2) humans that wouldnt be able to read the sign. Implications can resolve to explicit meaning if the model of communication is limited.


Taking a class on Contemporary Literary Theory right now and these videos are saving my life. Thank you for your talent and knowledge!! Subscribed :)

just looking y'all 

I thought that this is a very interesting approach, and your videos seem quite helpful and on point



Anthony Kenny 

does Derridas deconstructuralist agenda really say anything new

any one who did not already realise the approximate nature of language must have been living in dangerous naivety. so fucking what unfortunately language remains fairly important as a means of communication between homo sapiens. I do however wonder if all languages are equally equivocal OR are some languages more definitive and if so are we particularly afflicted with aparrticularly ambiguous language because English is s0 an artificially constructed on the burial mounds of the great classic languages

when the Romans declared "Cathargo diledendum best " did the senate go "huh what dos that mean" NO of course not very body knew what had to be done with Carthage wish is possibly why they did what they did

Juan Avila 

THANK YOU!!!! You explained it so well. The textbook I'm using for my literary theory class is so dense and dry lol