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A Pragmatist Critique of Derridian Politics

A Pragmatist Critique of Derridian Politics Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 6, No. 1 (June 2009), 87­129 Editions Rodopi © 2009 Tina Sikka I draw on Security Council Resolution 1674 to demonstrate that the political assumptions Jacques Derrida holds in his politically-oriented texts are inconsistent with the assumptions of his linguistic texts, and that Jürgen Habermas's political theory is consistent with the political implications of his approach to language. Habermasian pragmatism offers a critical theory of society and discourse of modernity that touches on the same themes of politics and meaning as Derrida and other deconstructionists, but is more coherent, consistent, and explanatorily persuasive. In recent years there has been a rise in the amount of critical scholarship dedicated to unpacking the relationship between the late French philosopher Jacques Derrida and the German social theorist Jürgen Habermas. Although these two thinkers were born only a few years apart, their experiences of the world and the specific historical forces that shaped their intellectual upbringing could not be more different. Habermas was born and grew up in Germany and was 15 years old when WW II ended. Much of his work, it has been said, is a response to the devastation wrought by Nazism and the attendant need http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

A Pragmatist Critique of Derridian Politics

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 6 (1): 87 – Apr 21, 2009

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Brill
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© Copyright 2009 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
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10.1163/18758185-90000106
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Abstract

Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 6, No. 1 (June 2009), 87­129 Editions Rodopi © 2009 Tina Sikka I draw on Security Council Resolution 1674 to demonstrate that the political assumptions Jacques Derrida holds in his politically-oriented texts are inconsistent with the assumptions of his linguistic texts, and that Jürgen Habermas's political theory is consistent with the political implications of his approach to language. Habermasian pragmatism offers a critical theory of society and discourse of modernity that touches on the same themes of politics and meaning as Derrida and other deconstructionists, but is more coherent, consistent, and explanatorily persuasive. In recent years there has been a rise in the amount of critical scholarship dedicated to unpacking the relationship between the late French philosopher Jacques Derrida and the German social theorist Jürgen Habermas. Although these two thinkers were born only a few years apart, their experiences of the world and the specific historical forces that shaped their intellectual upbringing could not be more different. Habermas was born and grew up in Germany and was 15 years old when WW II ended. Much of his work, it has been said, is a response to the devastation wrought by Nazism and the attendant need

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Published: Apr 21, 2009

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