Volume 8, Issue 2, 2005
Are there rogue philosophers? Derrida, at last
In Rogues, Jacques Derrida once again examines some central concepts in political theory and ethics, in the context of the post-9/11
world and the present American drive to reforge global hegemony. The book is important not only for what it says about the concepts of sovereignty, unconditionality, law, and justice, but also for engaging in an extended way with the thought of Plato, Aristotle, and especially Kant. Bill Martin argues that Derrida’s thought is vitally significant for radical politics. He compares Rogues, as (arguably) Derrida’s last major work (to appear before his passing in October 2004) with Sartre’s last book, Hope Now. Lastly, Martin memorializes Derrida, whom he knew as teacher and friend, as “a kind and generous man who stood for many good things,” and he
reflects on the philosophical trajectory that extends from Sartre to Derrida.