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.
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.