Review by Choice Review
United under the punning title with its oblique reference to the central topic of otherness, each of these ten four-part essays presents a key figure for the contemporary postmodern discourse, from Hegel to Julia Kristeva. The work is not intended as scholarship on any of the authors, nor does it contain a sustained reflection on Taylor's own interpretive strategy that closely follows J. Derrida's mode of deconstruction. Perhaps one could appreciate this beautifully made book as an example of an emerging genre, that of creative writing under the Derridean influence. For a more analytic and critical treatment of the path from Hegel to French neostructuralism readers might want to refer to J. Habermas's The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity (CH, Feb '88). A more illuminating treatment of deconstruction can be found in R. Gasche's The Tain of the Mirror (CH, May '87). Recommended to advanced readers for its documentary value.-G. Zoeller, University of Iowa
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