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Posted July 7, 2001
I suppose the author needed a hook to get the book published, so he billed it as a provocative defense of the controversial author Derrida. The book does make the relevant points defending Derrida and explaining why such a defense is necessary and desireable. In so doing, the book provides the reader a lightning tour of Derrida's work, something surprisingly hard to find otherwise in concise and comprehensive form. But best of all and least billed by book jacket and other reviewers, The Theory Mess gives a historical review of the past thirty years' development of such things as critical theory and 'social studies'. The reader should have some tolerance and facility with postmodern writing styles to easily read this book, but of its sort, it is highly readable and admirably concise. Overall, an outstanding read for the not-quite-beginner looking for an overview of the field, a more technical and less argumentative alternative to Bloom's 'Closing of the American Mind'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.