By Simon Glendinning

This quantity includes the whole court cases of the 1999 Ratio convention at which Derrida made major contributions on numerous issues, together with the relation of his paintings to analytical philosophy, the common sense of argument, fact ineffability, that means, animal existence, and the entice the normal within the paintings of Wittgenstein and J.L. Austin.

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1 And In SIgnature, �I This is one of the distinctions that JR Searle, in his co �m ; I� tary on 'Signature, , Event, Context' - ' Reiterating the Differences: A Reply to Dernda , m Glyph 1 ( 1977) famously accuses Derrida of failing to heed: see p. 203. , . " \0 See David Wood and Robert Bernasconi (eds. ) , Derrida and 'Differance ( Evanston.. Northwestern University Press, 1988) , p. 88. ARGUING WITH DERRIDA 71 Eve nt, Con text ', as we have seen , he resi sts word between quotation marks is fund amethe idea that putting a or even 'sec ond ary ' to, doin g wha ntally diffe rent from , t use/ men tion distinction wou ld cou nt as an advoca te of the usin g the wor d.

The attempt to devise techniques that will help us to come to a clearer understanding of how we think about the world seems only to generate new confusion. Not only that. It seems to embroil us in an issue that is scarcely worthy of philosophical attention. How can conceptual philos­ ophy have any pretensions to be taken seriously if it leads to preoccupation with such an inconsequential self-inflicted minutia of semantics? The second of these charges I think can be firmly resisted. Frege 's question is not the quibble it appears.

Yet IS thIS not Just the kInd of dIstinc­ tion that Derrida calls into question in 'Signature, Event, Context' ? . n There is a more general distinction at stake here, a �IstinCtIo . that many conceptual philosophers wou�d regard as a bas� c ana�ytlC tool. ws. USIng a word involves putting it to service in a way that exploIts whatever me �n­ ing it has, in order to draw at�ent�on to s? m � aspect of rea� Ity. Mentioning a word involves puttIng It to serVice In � way that waIves whatever meaning it has, in order to draw a�te � tIon to the word itself.

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