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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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From the first three writers Cohen inherits the deconstruction of logocentrism, Cartesianism, and hermeneutics; from the fourth, the loss of the "aura" in the age of mechanical reproduction, which Cohen reads in the same deconstructive tradition, as overthrowing Enlightenment epistemologies.
This raises a big question that he does not adequately face--the meaning of "reason." There is only one reference to reason in the index; the passage in question refers to Foucault's conception of reason as a mechanism of oppression as well as to Derrida's critique of logocentrism and Lyotard's view that rational accord is in fact an exercise of force.
There is a shift between logocentrism, the creating verb, and lococentrism, the place I share with others.
Reformation logocentrism generated a crisis for English theater, O'Connell suggests, because the drama depended for its effects on attitudes towards the body that derived from the medieval incarnational aesthetic.
Revisiting these questions now, I am struck immediately by two things--first, by how necessary it was to pose them at an historical moment when "Christian literary criticism" however we define that term, appeared to have been marginalized, in part by its affiliation with a sacramentalist logocentrism; and, second, by how wildly ambitious, not to say naive, my associates and I were in supposing that such theoretical queries could be answered programmatically in a single installment of C&L.
According to the tradition of logocentrism, our knowledge depends on logical arguments, experiments, and scientific discoveries.
The Slynx offers a bleak vision of Russian culture and its national myths, whose distinctive features are knee-jerk logocentrism; a pseudo-life governed by habitual devotion to "beliefs" rather than attention to empirical circumstances; the arbitrary exercise of power and censorship; persecution of dissent; a palatine center of entitlement and an ignored, benighted periphery; and impregnable apathy amidst intolerable living conditions.
The miming can become a subversive and transgressive strategy to masculine logocentrism, since it undermines the very fixity of the phallic subject, and the mirroring is also presented as the miming masquerade in Pound's poems.
Postmodern deconstruction calls such an attempt on the part of philosophy "logocentrism," the attempt to make logos central.
Carol Chillington Rutter's essay, however, is informed by recent feminism, and she uses the word "deconstructing" (232); Peter Holland uses the word "logocentrism" (282) and draws upon New Historicism (292).