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Deconstruction and the Possibility of Justice

by Drucilla Cornell (Editor), David Gray Carlson (Editor), Michel Rosenfeld (Editor)

Other authors: Fred Dallmayr (Contributor), Jacques Derrida (Contributor), Henry Louis Gates (Contributor), Agnes Heller (Contributor), Arthur J. Jacobson (Contributor)6 more, J. Hillis Miller (Contributor), Reiner Schürmann (Contributor), Barbara Herrnstein Smith (Contributor), Samuel Weber (Contributor), Alan Wolfe (Contributor), Charles M. Yablon (Contributor)

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Cornell, DrucillaEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carlson, David GrayEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Rosenfeld, MichelEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Dallmayr, FredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Derrida, JacquesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gates, Henry LouisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heller, AgnesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jacobson, Arthur J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, J. HillisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schürmann, ReinerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Barbara HerrnsteinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Weber, SamuelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolfe, AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yablon, Charles M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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To many, the very title of this book, Deconstruction and the Possibility of Justice, would seem to be an oxymoron. At least by its critics, deconstruction has been associated with cynicism toward the very idea of justice. Justice, so the story goes, demands reconstruction, not deconstruction. Yet even its critics recognize that deconstruction is, in some way, aligned with the marginalized. Within literary studies we hear the same cry: deconstruction has brought in its wake the clamor for the recognition of many voices outside the traditional canon. While bringing the margin to the center is undoubtedly a result of deconstruction in political philosophy and literary criticism, deconstruction faces, and acknowledges that it faces a philosophical challenge of its own. What should be' demands an appeal to some criteria of justice. Jacques Derrida's more liberal critics have focused on just this problem. They have insisted that even if one can appreciate deconstruction's alliance with the underdog, deconstruction cannot provide an ethical basis for this alliance, let alone argue the necessity of such an alliance. The purpose of this volume is to rethink the questions posed by Derrida's writings and his unique philosophical positioning, without reference to the catch phrases that have supposedly captured deconstruction in a nutshell.

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