This is the first book to consider the debate between two of the most prominent philosophers and social theorists of the 20th century: Jacques Derrida and Jurgen Habermas. It presents a unique collection of articles by the two figures and by those who have written about them, and includes pieces published in English for the first time. The book will be of interest to students and scholars with an interest in the implications of Derrida's deconstruction and Habermas's critical theory for issues such as international relations, Europe, tolerance, rights, multiculturalism and identity politics, and the nature of philosophy. Including an introduction to the differences and affinities between Derrida's and Habermas's works, introductions to each text, suggestions for further reading, and a bibliography, this book is the ideal starting point for students and scholars wishing to understand the relationship between these two great thinkers.
Key Features: *Unique - the first Reader to consider the Habermas-Derrida debate *Features pieces by Habermas and Derrida published in English for the first time *Includes primary and secondary texts *Provides introductions to the debate and to each text, and suggestions for further reading
Lasse Thomassen is Garcia-Pelayo Fellow at the Centro de Estudios Politicos y Constitucionales. He is co-editor of Radical Democracy: Politics Between Abundance and Lack (2005).
Introduction: Between Deconstruction and Rational Reconstruction (Lasse Thomassen); Part I: Philosophy and Literature; 1 Levelling the Genre Distinction between Philosophy and Literature (Jurgen Habermas); 2 Is There a Philosophical Language? (Jacques Derrida); 3 Habermas, Derrida, and the Functions of Philosophy (Richard Rorty); Part II: Ethics and Politics; 4 An Allegory of Modernity/Postmodernity: Habermas and Derrida (Richard J. Bernstein); 5 Frankfurt Impromtu - Remarks on Derrida and Habermas (Simon Critchley); 6 Performative Powerlessness - A Response to Simon Critchley (Jacques Derrida); 7 How Respond to the Ethical Question (Jurgen Habermas); 8 Democracy and Difference: Reflections on the Metapolitics of Lyotard Derrida (Seyla Benhabib); Part III: Identity/Difference: Rights, Tolerance and Political Space; 9 Dead Rights, Live Futures: On Habermas's Attempt to Reconcile Constitutionalism and Democracy (Bonnie Honig); 10 'A bizarre, even opaque practice': Habermas on Constitutionalism and Democracy (Lasse Thomassen); 11 Religious Tolerance - The Pacemaker for Cultural Rights (Jurgen Habermas); 12 Hostipitality (Jacques Derrida); 13 Between Deliberation and Deconstruction: The Condition of Post-National Democracy (Martin Morris); Part IV: Beyond the Nation State: Europe, Cosmopolitanism and International Law; 14 For a Justice to Come: An Interview witj Jacques Derrida (Jacques Derrida and Lieven De Cauter); 15 February 15, or What Binds Europeans Together: A Plea for a Common Foreign Policy, Beginning in the Heart of Europe (Jurgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida); 16 Between Hope and Terror: Habermas and Derrida Plead for the Im/Possible (Martin Beck Matustik); Afterwords; 17 Honesty of Thought (Jacques Derrida); 18 A Last Farewell: Derrida's Enlightening Impact (Jurgen Habermas); Bibliography; Index.