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The second volume pursues the themes of the first volume in the context of discussions of recent European philosophy focusing on the work of Heidegger and Derrida. His four essays on Heidegger include "Philosophy as Science, as Metaphor and as Politics" and "Heidegger, Kundera, and Dickens;" three essays on Derrida (including "Deconstruction and Circumvention" and "Is Derrida a Transcendental Philosopher?") are followed by a discussion of the uses to which Paul de Man and his followers have put certain Derridean ideas. Rorty's concluding essays broaden outward with an essay on "Freud and Moral Deliberation" and essays discussing the social theories and political attitudes of various contemporary figures—Foucault, Lyotard, Habermas, Unger, and Castoriadis.
Acknowledgments; Introduction: Pragmatism and post-Nietzschean philosophy; Part I. Philosophy as Science, as Metaphor, and as Politics: Heidegger, contingency, and pragmatism; Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and the reification of language; Heidegger, Kundera, and Dickens; Part II. Deconstruction and Circumvention: Two meanings of 'logocentrism': a reply to Norris Is Derrida a transcendental philosophy?; De Man and the American Cultural Left; Part III. Freud and Moral Reflection Habermas and Lyotard on postmodernity; Unger, Castoriadis, and the romance of a national future; Moral identity and private autonomy: the case of Foucault; Index of names.