Deconstruction and Pragmatism

Deconstruction and Pragmatism

by Simon Critchley, Jacques Derrida, Ernesto Laclau, Richard Rorty
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415121698

ISBN-13: 9780415121699

Pub. Date: 10/07/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Deconstruction and pragmatism constitute two of the major intellectual influences on the contemporary theoretical scene; influences personified in the work of Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty. Both Rortian pragmatism, which draws the consequences of post-war developments in Anglo-American philosophy, and Derridian deconstruction, which extends and troubles the

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Deconstruction and pragmatism constitute two of the major intellectual influences on the contemporary theoretical scene; influences personified in the work of Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty. Both Rortian pragmatism, which draws the consequences of post-war developments in Anglo-American philosophy, and Derridian deconstruction, which extends and troubles the phonomenological and Heideggerian influence on the Continental tradition, have hitherto generally been viewed as mutually exclusive philosophical language games.
The purpose of this volume is to bring deconstruction and pragmatism into critical confrontation with one another through staging a debate between Derrida and Rorty, itself based on discussions that took place at the College International de Philosophie in Paris in 1993. The ground for this debate is layed out in introductory papers by Simon Critchley and Ernesto Laclau, and the remainder of the volume records Derrida's and Rorty's responses to each other's work. Chantal Mouffe gives an overview of the stakes of this debate in a helpful preface.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415121699
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/07/1996
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
1Deconstruction, Pragmatism and the Politics of Democracy1
2Remarks on Deconstruction and Pragmatism13
3Deconstruction and Pragmatism - Is Derrida a Private Ironist or a Public Liberal?19
4Response to Simon Critchley41
5Deconstruction, Pragmatism, Hegemony47
6Response to Ernest Laclau69
7Remarks on Deconstruction and Pragmatism77

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