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He sees structuralism as a form of philo- sophical totalitarianism, i.e., as an attempt to account for the totality of a phenomenon by reduction of it to a formula that governs it totally. Derrida submits the violent, totalitarian structural project to the coun- terviolence of solicitation, which derives from the Latin sollicitare, mean- ing to shake the totality (from sollus, “all,” and ciere, “to move, to shake”), Every totality, he shows, can be totally shaken, that is, can be shown to be founded on that which it excludes, that which would be in excess for a reductive analysis of any kind.
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