Derrida, Politics and Democracy to Come

Paul Patton

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Derrida’s early reluctance to spell out political implications of deconstruction gave
way during the course of the 1980s to a series of analyses of political concepts
and issues. This article identifies the principal intellectual strategies of Derrida’s
political engagements and provides a detailed account of his concept of ‘democracy to come’. Finally, it suggests several points of contact between Derrida and
recent liberal political philosophy, as well as some areas in which deconstructive
analyses require further refinement if fruitful exchange is to occur.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)766-780
Number of pages15
JournalPhilosophy Compass
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Derrida, Jacques
  • Deconstruction
  • Political philosophy
  • Democracy


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