Il n'y a pas de hors-texte  

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"il n'y a pas de hors-texte" ("nothing exists outside of text") is a dictum by Jacques Derrida first recorded in Of Grammatology in 1967.

It is translated as "there is nothing outside the text," or alternatively as "there is no outside the text", "there is no outside to the text" or "there is no outside-the-text".

It is usually mistranslated as "There is nothing outside the text" by his opponents to make it appear that Derrida is claiming nothing exists beyond language (see Searle–Derrida debate). In French, that mistranslated phrase would actually read "Il n'y a rien en dehors du texte. .




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