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

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The idea for Philosophy in a Time of Terror was born hours after the attacks on 9/11 and was realized just weeks later when Giovanna Borradori sat down with Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida in New York City, in separate interviews, to evaluate the significance of the most destructive terrorist act ever perpetrated. This book marks an unprecedented encounter between two...more
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Published June 15th 2003 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 2003)
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Jonfaith
"To mark a date in history" presupposes, in any case, that "something" comes or happens for the first and last time. -- Jacques Derrida

There were measures of apprehension as I approached this book. Thankfully they proved unfounded. This text is comprised of two interviews and three essays by Giovanna Borradori: an introduction followed by an response to each interview with a philosopher.

I was struck by Habermas dwelling on the nature of the Event, as it were, how he pondered the difference betw...more
أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
الكتاب الثاني الذي أقرؤه من مشروع "ترجمان" الذي بدأه المركز العربي للأبحاث ودراسة السياسات في قطر, والذي لا شك أنه سيكون إضافة نوعية لأجيال من المكتبة العربية إن استمرّ على ذات المستوى من الانتقاء والجودة في العناوين و المواضيع والترجمة وحتى الإخراج.
الكتاب حواران مستقلّان مع هابرماس و دريدا, بعد أشهر فقط من حادثة 11 أيلول التي صبغت الزمن اللاحق بها, ويظهر الحواران طبيعة الجدل والتمايز ما بين اثنين من أهم فلاسفة القرن العشرين , إضافةً للتحليل والإضافة المهمة من المؤلفة, والمقدمة المهمة للمترجم خل...more
Meiver
This book is worth reading because of how incredibly insightful Habermas and Derrida's comments on 9/11 were, especially when interviewed only a few weeks after the events.

Borradori however was not as great. Her questions were leading and her viewpoint eurocentric; it was interesting that after reading the interviews, I found myself disagreeing with her interpretations of the philosopher's responses; I found her work of linking the philosopher's prior theories with these responses unnecessary a...more
Eric Steere
Particularly drawn to Derrida's argument in the 90s that terrorism is a kind of “autoimmune disorder” a condition when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue --- this biological metaphor focuses on the defense mechanisms of the organism itself, rather than a foreign invasion by Alien microbes. Turning this analogy to global processes, it would seem that counter discourses are intrinsic in the dominant discourse itself, w/ globalisation producing a radical heteronom...more
Cns
Read it for Derrida...
Phillip
On the most superficial levels, what happened on 911 is clear, so there is reaction, retribution, revenge. On deeper levels many more difficult questions exist: what is it like to live in such a world today? What have I taken as certainties about my existence, that now has changed? The external world, the Real, has touched me, and I am no longer immune from it. These philosophers sit down and start a discussion about all this starting at the beginning. Are we creatures who have lost our the inst...more
Michael
Two great interviews with two of the smartest people alive. One thing I really liked about this book was how well Giovanna Borradori was able to put Derrida's and Habermas's thoughts from her interviews with them into the context of their larger bodies of work. The interviews were not as heady and difficult as the two philosophers' other writings, and Borradori's accounts of their overall theories are really accessible.

This book helped me think about the events of 9/11 a great deal, though perha...more
Lauren
Overall, it was an interesting read. Coming from a novice's standpoint, I found the explanatory chapters after the actual dialogues more useful than the dialogues themselves. Of the two, I found Habermas' section the more interesting one, as it suggested ways that the philosophy could be translated into an actual policy framework. Derrida, on the other hand, had a very annoying habit of going off on tangents about things that he acknowledged himself were completely impractical. Which is a shame...more
Zahreen
I read this book for European Political Thought, and it was the most insightful book I have read all semester (and I have taken some heavy duty classes). I have never read Habermas or Derrida, and the book is an excellent introduction to them and the practical application the two great thinkers have in our present world scene. I have been confused about a lot of things post-9/11, as a Muslim and as an American, and while this book did not clarify everything for me, it has certainly given me a fr...more
Nance
Some of this was over my head, some was repetitious, love the brilliant thinking though.
Alp Eren Topal
- Good introdcutions to Hbaermas and Derrida, yet I have seen better.
- I don't think the interviews say a lot that had not been said by other intellectuals.
- Habermsa is illuminating, Derrida as usual pushes it too far at times which amounts to obscurantism.
- Could be a text book.
melanie
(These five stars are for Derrida, not Habermas)
Kate
What I learned from this book?
Auto-immune response, for one. Derrida does a great job of re-framing our understanding of terrorism and the war on terror.
Teguh
Sebuah wawancara dengan jurgen habermas dan deridda dalam memandang keadaan dunia yang mulai bergejolak dengan apa yang dinamakan dengan kata "teror"
Lee
By far the best philosophical analysis of 9/11 I've ever encountered.
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