Contemporary Philosophy and Democracy

Richard Beardsworth

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Using the occasion provided by a review of "Deconstruction and Pragmatism" (ed. Chantal Mouffe, Routledge: 1996), the article situates the differences between the political dimension of Rortyesque pragmatism and Derridean deconstruction, foregrounding where Derrida's thinking generates an understanding of democracy beyond the modern distinctions between liberalism and its others. Welcoming, but also disagreeing with the overall orientation of the book, it then argues that the political dimension to deconstruction is also underestimated by its own sympathizers for lack of an articulation between the ethical and the political, the indeterminate and determination, an articulation increasingly, if ambivalently, present in Derrida's work
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-137
Number of pages9
JournalHistory of the Human Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1998


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