My inspiration, as before, is a wonderful philosophy comic book by Jim Powell, "Deconstruction for Beginners" (which I surely am).
The basic notion of logocentrism, which is a bad, bad, bad thing to Jacques Derrida, the father of deconstruction, is sort of hard to pin down -- which is to be expected from a philosophical approach that dismantles the foundation of meaning.
Here's a pretty good brief description.
2. Ellis: illusion that the meaning of a word has its origin in very structure of reality and from this reason the truth regarding that structure seems to directly appear in our mind.
So if you're logocentric, you believe that Truth with a capital "T" exists in some elevated realm of the cosmos, and human beings can know this Logos directly, nothing standing in between us and reality pure, plain, and simple.
Religiosity is based on logocentrism. So is fundamentalism.
Ditto for the commenters on this blog who are supremely confident that they know what is metaphysically true, and other deluded souls, such as yours truly, don't.
It seems then, that churchlessness and logocentrism don't get along very well. Here's some excerpts from Deconstruction from Beginners that cast more light on the subject, in the form of a dialogue between Mark Twain and some other characters.
Twain: Well what is logocentrism?
Uma: It is a term coined by Jacques Derrida. Let me give an example: The Glorious Glorious Bliss of God's Phallus, and all of traditional HIndu culture, believes that there is a Divine Word or Logos dwelling at the very Center of the entire Universe!
That word is "Om." He feels certainty because he feels this Divine Word will guarantee the truth of everything he speaks. It's like the Word of the Law in the law books that the traffic cop depends upon when he gives you a ticket for not stopping at the stop sign.
Twain: Well isn't that just like the Christian belief that the Divine Word or Logos dwells at the very basis of creation?
Uma: Yes, so you see, logocentrism exists in both the West and the East.
Twain: What else does a logocentric attitude imply?
Uma: Logocentrism also means that our own consciousness can perceive the world so intimately that there is nothing in between our consciousness and the world.
The Glorious Glorious Bliss of God's Phallus: In my infinite awareness I see the world purely. The world is fully present to my infinite consciousness.
Uma: And also, logocentrism implies that awareness can be fully present to itself, can know itself nakedly.
The Glorious Glorious Bliss of God's Phallus: In my mystical state of bliss my inner awareness swims within itself -- knowing itself -- and knowing that the mystical vibration of Om dwells at the basis of my entire Universe.
Uma: This type of thinking Derrida calls onto-theology. It is a theology of Being.
The Glorious Glorious Bliss of God's Phallus: Out of the full presence of my pure consciousness flow my thoughts. From my thoughts flows my speech. And from my speech flow my writings. (Although I never write, but leave it to my stupid, unenlightened disciples to write down what I say -- because writing is dirty, slimy, and perverted.
Powell goes on to point out that deconstruction "deconstructs notions of an absolute origin -- an origin from which other things are derived."
And that "all these desires for a fixed Center are desires for a secure, stable presence that will form a strong, certain foundation for belief systems."
What I found most interesting about the dialogue above is something I hadn't thought much about before: that Eastern or mystical belief systems which presuppose that human consciousness can merge with a Cosmic Principle are as logocentric as the Western religions which posit God as the rock-solid foundation of creation.
Certainty is the common denominator, a belief that ultimate truth can be known so intimately by a human consciousness, the words of Truth Knowers can be trusted.
Well, maybe. Me, I doubt it. There's no good answer to a question posed in Powell's book.
Twain: So the Centrism part of the phallocentrism thing is as ornery as the Phallo part?
Uma: Absolutely! In fact, people in almost every culture cherish their own idea of a sacred Center to the universe. For the Buddhists, the Buddha is at the Center. For Christians it is the Word of God, Christ. For a Swahili, it is Bumba. But for the Glorious Glorious Bliss of God's Phallus, it is the Phallus-Egg itself and the hum of Om!
Coyote: How can Christ, Bumba, Om, Yahweh, Allah, Buddha and Krishna all be the Center of the Universe??!!
Attempted answers welcomed. Believable answer not expected.