Through a close engagement with some key thinkers, Norris argues that deconstruction is part of the "unfinished project of modernity." a project whose interest and values it upholds by continuing to question them in a spirit of enlightened self-critical inquiry.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Chapter 1 Deconstruction versus Postmodernism: epistemology, ethics, aesthetics -- Chapter 2 Postmodern Ethics and the Trouble with Relativism -- Chapter 3 Deconstruction and the ‘Unfinished Project of Modernity’ -- Chapter 4 Deconstruction, Postmodernism and Philosophy of Science -- Chapter 5 ‘The Idea of the University’: some interdisciplinary soundings -- Chapter 6 Ethics, Autonomy and Self-Invention: debating Foucault -- Chapter 7 ‘The Night in which All Cows are Black’: Paul de Man, ‘mere reading’ and indifference to philosophy -- Chapter 8 Conflict, Compromise or Complementarity: ideas of science in modern literary theory -- Chapter 9 Sexed Equations and Vexed Physicists: the ‘two cultures’ revisited -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Christopher Norris is Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cardiff. His many publications include Deconstruction: Theory and Practice (Routledge 1991), Jacques Derrida, The Truth About Postmodernism, New Idols of the Cave, Resources of Realism, Against Relativism, and Quantum Theory and the Flight from Realism, (Routledge 2000).
"A tour de force that reclaims Derrida from the legions of unselfconscious parodists of Derridean style. The range of Norris's reference is truly impressive, from philosophy, to politics, to science, and his repositioning of deconstruction as part of the unfinished project of modernity is as persuasive as it is innovative." -- John Drakakis