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Philosophy and Freedom : Derrida, Rorty, Habermas, Foucault

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John McCumber asserts that the true target of philosophical liberation is to break the structures of domination that have been encoded in western civilization. Because of the emancipatory nature of their thought, Derrida, Foucault, Habermas, and Rorty challenge domination, but they do not see their challenge clearly and it does not rise to the level of conscious critique in their writings. Using Nietzsche's writings on "the great liberation" as a starting point, McCumber captures the valuable, but elusive insights of these thinkers and places them in the larger, pluralistic movement toward philosophical freedom.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 154.9 x 234.2 x 13.7mm | 388.17g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253213630
  • 9780253213631
  • 1,679,720

About John McCumber

John McCumber is Professor of German at Northwestern University. He is author of Poetic Interaction, The Company of Words, and Metaphysics and Oppression.(Indiana University Press).show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsIntroduction: The Great Demarcation1. Challenges to Ousia in the Work of Jacques Derrida2. The Privilege of Presence and the Derridean Knot3. Ousiodic Structure vs. the Speech Community in Richard Rorty4. Irony and Redescription as Challenges to Ousia5. Centrality as a Challenge to Ousia in J%rgen Habermas6. Universality, Centrality, and the Theory of Communicative Action7. Michel Foucault's Challenges to Ousia8. Challenge and Description in Foucault9. The Great Demarcation and the Situation of FreedomNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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