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By Chantal Mouffe

Deconstruction and pragmatism represent of the main highbrow impacts at the modern theoretical scene; affects personified within the paintings of Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty. either Rortian pragmatism, which pulls the results of post-war advancements in Anglo-American philosophy, and Derridian deconstruction, which extends and issues the phonomenological and Heideggerian effect at the Continental culture, have hitherto ordinarily been seen as jointly unique philosophical language games.
The function of this quantity is to carry deconstruction and pragmatism into serious war of words with each other via staging a debate among Derrida and Rorty, itself in line with discussions that happened on the College foreign de Philosophie in Paris in 1993. the floor for this debate is layed out in introductory papers via Simon Critchley and Ernesto Laclau, and the rest of the amount documents Derrida's and Rorty's responses to every other's paintings. Chantal Mouffe offers an outline of the stakes of this debate in a necessary preface.

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