This book fundamentally challenges the radical credentials of post--structuralism. Though Derrida, Foucault and Deleuze claim to have a deconstructeda metaphysics, their work has much in common with previous attempts to a enda the metaphysical tradition, from Kant to Nietzshe and Heidegger, and by sociology in general. Gillian Rose shows that this anti--metaphysical writing always appears in historically specific jurisprudential terms, which themselves found and recapitulate metaphysical categories. She reconsiders post--structuralism in this light and assesses the relationship between deconstruction and the earlier structuralism of Saussure and Levi--Strauss. She argues in conclusion that the choice between post--structuralist nihilism and Hegelian and Marxist dialectic is spurious.
Gillian Rose is Reader in Sociology in the School of European Studies at the University of Sussex, and author of The Melancholy Science: An Introduction to the Thought of Theodore W. Adorno and Hegel Contra Sociology.