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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (5 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415121701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415121705
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 935,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Chantal Mouffe should be commended for her work in putting this excellent collection of essays together. It offers a serious challenge to rationalist conceptions of democracy and also gives readers a good idea of the conflicts and convergences between the deconstructionist and pragmatist approaches to politics."
-"American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
"In recent years there have been some striking convergences between Pragmatism and Deconstruction. But there are also significant ways in which these philosophical orientations swerve away from each other and seem incommensurable. Chantal Mouffe's lucid introduction sets the stage for a lively exchange between Richard Rorty and Jacques Derrida. Their crossfire is enriched by the contributions of Simon Critchley and Ernest Laclau. Altogether a splendid and illuminating feast of agnostic debate."
-Richard J. Bernstein, Vera List Professor of Philosophy, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research

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Derridean deconstruction and Rortian pragmatism are both accused by their enemies of undermining our ideas of truth and reason, but do their ideas lead to intellectual and political chaos? Both are committed to the democratic project but they reject the necessary link between universalism, rationalism and modern democracy and seek to clarify what is at stake intellectually and politically.

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What I want to say I am certain I will not achieve in the space of an online review. That being said, I think this work was important because in it Derrida admits with qualification to Rorty's charges that he (Derrida) is sentimental and believes in happiness. This may come as a shock to some Derrideans. Those who use Derrida's writings and reception to shake and destroy are missing the responsibility issue in the debate. It is unfortunate that deconstruction has been described so often in the popular media as anti-humanist, because now only purblind graduate students read him and I can't convince any of my friends who are in the practice of yessing life to read and live with him.
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This book involves an incredible articualtion of deconstruction and pragmatism. Authors, such as Simon Critchley and Ernesto Laclau, who are two of the most prestigious political theoreticians in contemporary anglo-american political theory, clarify those two philosophical approaches which are, generally, found very difficult for readers. Besides, it is also one the essential books for readers who aim to understand the link between the theory of hegemony and deconstruction. Thus, this book is strongly recommended to scholars and readers who aim to understand and become familiar more with deconstruction; its realtion to hegemonic theory; and pragmatism. An excellent sign for contemporary political theory and philosophy.
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