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Derrida-Habermas Reader

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ISBN-10: 0226796841

ISBN-13: 9780226796840

Edition: 2006

Authors: Lasse Thomassen, Jürgen Habermas, Lasse Thomassen

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Jacques Derrida and Jurgen Habermas have long represented opposite camps in contemporary thought. Derrida, who pioneered the intellectual style of inquiry known as deconstruction, ushered in the postmodern age with his dramatic critique of reason; Habermas, on the other hand, has consistently argued in defense of reason, modernity, and the legacy of the Enlightenment. Their many differences led to a long-standing, if scattered, dialogue, evidence of which has been available in only bits and pieces. But now, for the first time, "The" "Derrida-Habermas Reader "brings these pieces together, along with a collection of essays documenting the intellectual relationship between two of the twentieth century's preeminent thinkers. Taken together, Derrida and Habermas's writings--combined here with contributions by other prominent philosophers and social theorists--tell the story of the two thinkers' provocative engagement with each other's ideas. Beyond exploring the conflict between Derrida's deconstruction and Habermas's communicative rationality, they show how the Derrida-Habermas encounter changed over the years, becoming more theoretically productive without ever collapsing into mutual rejection or simple compromise. Lasse Thomassen has divided the essays--including works on philosophy and literature, ethics, politics, and international law--into four parts that cover the full range of thought in which Derrida and Habermas engaged. The last of these sections fittingly includes thethinkers' jointly signed work on European solidarity and the Iraq War, highlighting the hopes they held in common despite their differences. The wide breadth of this book, along with Thomassen's lucid introductions to each section, makes "The Derrida-Habermas Reader" an ideal starting point for anyone interested in one of the most dynamic intellectual debates of our time.
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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 330
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Lasse Thomassen is Lecturer in Political Theory at Queen Mary, University of London

Introduction: Between Deconstruction and Rational Reconstruction
Philosophy and Literature
Leveling the Genre Distinction between Philosophy and Literature
Is There a Philosophical Language?
Habermas, Derrida and the Functions of Philosophy
Ethics and Politics
An Allegory of Modernity/Postmodernity: Habermas and Derrida
Frankfurt Impromptu - Remarks on Derrida and Habermas
Performative Powerlessness - A Response to Simon Critchley
How to Respond to the Ethical Question
Democracy and Difference: Reflections on the Metapolitics of Lyotard and Derrida
Identity/Difference: Rights, Tolerance and Political Space
Dead Rights, Live Futures: On Habermas's Attempt to Reconcile Constitutionalism and Democracy
'A Bizarre, Even Opaque Practice': Habermas on Constitutionalism and Democracy
Religious Tolerance - The Pacemaker for Cultural Rights
Between Deliberation and Deconstruction: The Condition of Post-National Democracy
Beyond the Nation-State: Europe, Cosmopolitanism and International Law
For a Justice to Come: An Interview with Jacques Derrida
February 15, or What Binds Europeans Together: A Plea for a Common Foreign Policy, Beginning in the Core of Europe
Between Hope and Terror: Habermas and Derrida Plead for the Im/Possible
Honesty of Thought
A Last Farewell: Derrida's Enlightening Impact
Copyright Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors