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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown

Presence, metaphysics of:

A term used by Jacques Derrida to describe the logocentric bias of Western metaphysics toward an order of being, meaning, truth, reference, reason, or logic conceived as independent of language, as a presence that stands outside discourse. (See also Deconstruction.)

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