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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press (31 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804749515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804749510
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 708,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rogues is Derrida's most sustained reflection on deconstruction's relation to political theory in general and to the idea of democracy in particular... Highly recommended." - CHOICE "It is clear that Derrida was keen that the idea of 'democracy to come' would be central to the legacy of his thought, and for those who choose to take up that burden, Rogues will prove essential." - Times Literary Supplement

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The late Jacques Derrida was Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. Among the most recent of his many books to have been translated into English are Eyes of the University (2003), For What Tomorrow... with Elisabeth Roudinesco (2003), Counterpath with Catherine Malabou (2003), Negotiations (2002), Who's Afraid of Philosophy? (2002), and Without Alibi (2002). All of these have been published by Stanford.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Difficulties of Democracy 15 Nov. 2009
By John Russon - Published on
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Most basically, this book is a study of the notion of democracy. Most basically, Derrida's point is that any enactment of a democratic political regime must in some fundamental ways undermine the very principles of democracy upon which it is founded. Democracy thus only and always exists in and as this tension between its idea and its realization. This tension cannot be "corrected" but instead defines the very terrain of political judgment and responsibility. This is one of Derrida's most accessible writings--an excellent companion to the essay "Force of Law," which is also quite accessible and which also deals with the tension between idea and realization that defines the political realm. _Rogues_ is also a quasi-commentary on Plato's _Republic_, evident in its explicit discussion of the "decline of states" from Book VIII, but also from its ongoing allusions to the themes and text of the _Republic_. Michael Naas's _Derrida From Now On_ and Leonard Lawlor's _This is Not Sufficient_ both offer commentaries on this text which would be helpful to someone studying the text.
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Easy read, solid thinking, and clearly relevant. 3 May 2009
By P. Gehrke - Published on
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This book displays just how clear, articulate, and direct Derrida can be at times while dealing with a topic that readers can easily understand as relevant to contemporary times and the narrow sense of politics readers often bring to criticize Derrida's texts. Still, this still is a very solid piece of philosophical and social thought and one that can lend meaningful insights into the politics of Derrida's earlier works (e.g. Differance, Post Card). That said, there are some off-the-cuff moments in here that are perhaps a bit soft and a critical reader may find perturbing. It's not the most philosophically rigorous or tight work by Derrida, but such tends to be the nature of lectures and interviews. Nonetheless, if one wants to see what Derridean thinking brings when confronting the issues of nation states in a "post-9/11 world" (and that's an odd construction in itself) then this book is a must-read.
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Derrida Deconstructs the notion of "Rouge States" 4 Nov. 2006
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If you are in to Derrida, political science, contemporary political philosophy, understanding the contemporary political landscape, and notions of a new Democracy to come - this is a must read.
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