Ideals and Illusions
These lucid studies of Derrida, Foucault, Habermas, and Rorty analyze major contributions to recent critical theory and forge a distinct position in the current philosophical debate.
About the Author
Thomas McCarthy is John Schaffer Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University and the editor of the MIT Press series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought.
"It is refreshing to read an account of the quarrels between modernists and postmodernists that is at once lucid and focused on substantive issues ... With a firm grasp of the principal issues at stake, McCarthy ably forges a format for a reconstructive philosophy that is sufficiently open-textured to appropriate some of the more durable contributions from each of the warring camps."
—Calvin 0. Schrag, Critical Review
"The discussions ... are a model of clarity and relevance. Indeed, this book is an instant must on reading lists devoted to any of the four major contemporary thinkers. In each case, the exposition of a difficult thinker is handled with great skill, and the criticisms advanced get to the very heart of what is problematic in their work."
—Charles Taylor, Ethics