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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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Plato's ideas have been kept alive through Russia's history, for instance, through the teachings of Augustine--"a 'logocentrist,' a devotee of the transcendental signified, an ontotheologian" (Peters, 1999, p.
Later I argue that while Roald and Sangolt admirably reinsert emotional discourse into the realm of public deliberation, their logocentrist framework ultimately impedes their attempt to substantively advance knowledge on the topic.
Such a gesture is ironic given writing's already tenuous status vis-a-vis speech according to logocentrist accounts.
Most of us essentialists, or logocentrists, immediately recognize the writings of another logocentrist.
According to these intellectuals, the Western tradition is simply too parochial or too monolithic to be worth considering in any extended fashion, and we would do well to view it condescendingly as a tight little unity or as an easy-to-identify nexus of closely related biases (sexist, elitist, racist, logocentrist), detected at last and appropriately exposed by our own more sophisticated modes of critical thinking.
It is also less than clear that "liberalism" is necessarily part of the Enlightenment project: Not all advocates of Enlightenment embraced liberalism, and there were eloquent defenders of liberalism who were also vigorous critics of the Enlightenment.(4) It is easy enough to make the "foundationalist," "representationalist," and "logocentric" characterization (after all, is not everything since the pre-Socratics "representationalist" and "logocentrist"?), but the price is to obscure a good deal of difference between a foundationalist procedure which, following Descartes, seeks to find a ground for reason and Kant's attempt to provide what O'Neill (1989, 3-27) has described as a "constructivist" vindication of reason.(5)
The Judeo-Christian tradition of reading is indeed logocentrist, but the logos is not the physical word but the person who speaks it, the God of revelation and in particular the Logos who is incarnated.
There is a certain irony to this accusation -- the subversion of a putatively "orthodox" or properly performed deconstruction by a closet logocentrist. Yet it must be true, mustn't it, that there is a better and a worse way to engage in deconstructive argument?
Each of the book's four sections begins with a reported dialogue between John (the logocentrist) and Jon (the deconstructionist), then shifts to a narrative analysis.
123 are not, as Harrison claims, arrived at by denying logocentrism - at least not as that notion was introduced on p.32); but the idea seems to be roughly that the logocentrist holds that meaning is not intrinsically linguistic: words derive their meanings from association with non-linguistic entities, such as occurrent phenomenological states (of course the logocentrist must claim, controversially, that such states are intrinsically non-linguistic).
That she so flagrantly displays this power marks as well her ability (which the straightforwardly logocentrist Adam lacks) to represent.