Theoria and Praxis: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Thought


Theoria and Praxis is a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to exploring the interdisciplinary linkages between theory and practice, and facilitating cross-communication between philosophy and the social sciences. In an age of greater specialization and narrowed focus, our journal seeks to broaden the academic dialogue by calling upon thinkers from a variety of disciplines to participate in a discussion about some of the most pressing issues of our time. Avowedly international in scope, our journal seeks to cultivate a truly planetary voice able to speak to scholars in fields ranging from philosophy, the humanities, literary and cultural studies to economics, history, sociology, and political science. Further, we believe that theory and practice, thought and action, converge in a co-constitutive environment. As such, our commitment to scholarly excellence is matched only by our deep conviction that a global society must contemplate its own groundings.


Who’s Afraid of Deconstruction: The Thought of Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida has been both derided and celebrated by a numerous group of admirers and detractors since his thought burst upon the critical intellectual scene in the 1960s. Even detractors realized that the depth of commentary and serious investigation could not be denied. The question has always revolved around how this thought is to be understood. In other words, is Derrida’s deconstruction something that can be domesticated? Can it be made to ‘fit into’ the domains of modern critical and philosophical investigation? The idea that this Derridean orientation is something beyond taming is what drives the resistance and fear that the signature of the deconstructionist invokes.

Derrida lived a vibrant and active life in philosophy. Yet it was a life lived on the ‘margins.’ It was on the margins of traditional philosophy and social theory as it sought out the edges and boundaries of the very texts that sustained it. The brilliance of Derrida is that he turned the edges, margins and corners of many great texts into the de-centered center. The seemingly unimportant became incredibly important because it is here at the margins that self-consistency, purity of voice, and of course, its attendant power of centralized control, is questioned and overturned. Is not the greatest form of rebellion and resistance to be found in the questioning of our very capacity to self-mastery; a self-mastery that must, in structural terms, extend its swath over all manners of life and meaning?

This special issue on the thought of Jacques calls upon authors to join us in celebrating the thought of this remarkable thinker. Topics include, but may not be limited to: Derrida in the midst of the ancients; Derrida and logic; Derrida and the philosophy of language; Derrida and phenomenology; Heidegger and Derrida; Derrida and structuralism; Derrida and the idea of deconstruction; Derrida and the political; and the future of deconstruction and critical theory.

Neither are submissions, by any means, to be confined to these questions alone. In fact, we will gladly and seriously consider all papers that we receive. Manuscripts shall be subject to a double-blind reading, ensuring the integrity of the peer-review process. All submissions should be between 6,000 and 12,000 words, and include abstracts of no more than 200 words (in Microsoft Word file format).

We welcome those interested to please submit their papers and proposals, and all relevant inquiries, to Theoria and Praxis at:

Deadline: February 30, 2017

Themes for forthcoming issues

  • Thought of Jacques Derrida
  • Technology and Human Condition