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Philosophy in a Time of Terror : Dialogues with Jurgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida

Philosophy in a Time of Terror : Dialogues with Jurgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226066646

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ISBN13: 978-0226066646
ISBN10: 0226066649
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 2003
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Philosophy in a Time of Terror : Dialogues with Jurgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226066646

Jurgen Habermas, Jacques Derrida and Giovanna Borradori

ISBN13: 978-0226066646
ISBN10: 0226066649
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

The idea for Philosophy in a Time of Terror was born hours after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and came to realization just weeks later when Giovanna Borradori sat down with Jurgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida, in separate interviews, in New York City. Habermas and Derrida, guided by Borradori, evaluate the significance of the most destructive terrorist attack ever perpetrated. The book marks an unprecedented encounter between two of the most influential thinkers of our age: here for the first time Habermas and Derrida overcome their historical antagonism and agree to appear side by side. In her introduction, Borradori contends that philosophy has an invaluable contribution to make to the understanding of terrorism. Just as the traumas produced by colonialism, totalitarianism, and the Holocaust wrote the history of the twentieth century, the history of the twenty-first century is already signed by global terrorism. Each dialogue here, accompanied by a critical essay, recognizes the magnitude of this upcoming challenge. Characteristically, Habermas's dialogue is dense, compact, and elegantly traditional. Derrida's, on the other hand, takes the reader on a long, winding, and unpredictable road. Yet unexpected agreements emerge between them: both have a deep suspicion of the concept of "terrorism" and both see the need for a transition from classical international law, premised on the model of nation-states, to a new cosmopolitan order based on continental alliances. As Derrida and Habermas disassemble and reassemble what we think we know about terrorism, they break from the familiar social and political rhetoric increasingly polarized between good and evil. In this process, we watch two of the greatest philosophical minds at work.

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