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1. A structuralist approach to texts and especially to literary works that conceives of language as based in rational thought and holding meaning by virtue of its potential relation to fundamental reality.
2. Excessive attention paid to the meanings of words or distinctions in their usage.

lo′go·cen′tric adj.
lo′go·cen′trist n. & adj.
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literature philosophy concentration on language or words to the detriment of the things to which they refer
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This might seem just a useful rejoinder to logocentric approaches to early modern acting except that Tribble here and elsewhere reminds us that speech is also an embodied practice.
The propensity to reduce all arguments to language is what Gilbert (2002) calls the logocentric fallacy:
It is easy for modern scholars to become logocentric, he says, but original audiences would have known the play as a performance not as a written script.
Some French feminists, such as Helene Cixous, argue that this sort of inversion merely reverses the hierarchy, thereby maintaining a male, logocentric, patriarchal logic.
We believe that the established academic discourses regarding images are often unclear and contradictory and we suggest that, as a result, they affirm a logocentric tendency.
As a vestige of Christian dualism preserved by way of the God that underwrites the Cartesian schism, Kantianism favours logocentric claims to truth anchored in transcendental human reason.
The argument here is mostly persuasive and demonstrates finely the extent to which colonial ideology "served as a residue for archaic cosmogonic systems underlying the ethno- and logocentric drive to contain the world" (18).
Whether speech is inherently more likely to preserve a Maori form of life--I used to think this, but then speech can be as logocentric as writing.
However, spectrality is not everything that can define what is not logocentric. To a practice of the double bind, one might also have to add stronger doses of the embracing of the open.
She rejects what she terms "critiques that persist in a logocentric Cartesian discourse that posits the mind as the source of writing" (Dobson in Simons 2004: 130).