Critical theorists have often chided those influenced by deconstruction for undermining the political project of modernity. Habermas, in an echo of Adorno's critique of Heidegger, writes of Derrida:
Derrida develops the history of Being – which is encoded in writing – in another variation from Heidegger. He, too, degrades politics and contemporary history to the status of the ontic and the foreground, so as to romp all the more freely and with a greater wealth of associations, in the sphere of the ontological and archewriting.
(Habermas 1987a: 181–2)
Yet Habermas's reading is selective and inaccurate. This attitude towards Derrida's work mirrors a general silence among critical theorists ...