On the Margins of Politics

Thomas McCarthy, “On the Margins of Politics,” The Journal of Philosophy 85:11 (1988): 645- 8.


“The general question raised by Jacques Derrida’s subtle variations on Levinasian and Heideggerian themes is how best to be postmetaphysical in thinking about ethics, law, and politics. Is it by pursuing a deconstructionist strategy that remains at the level of metaphysics in order to disrupt and displace it? I think not, and want to indicate why by (all too briefly) suggesting another reading of the phenomena he alludes to, one that draws on just those domains of social research and practical philosophy which Heidegger devalued in relation to ontology.”

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