insofar as they both seek "new grounds for the exercise of enlightened critique through the idea of communicative competence which allows for specific distortions in present-day discourse, but which also holds out the possibility of grasping and transcending these irrational blocks." 85 Hence, this is the partiality of a position, such as Habermas's, which tends to as-similate Derrida to a species of postmodern irrationalism, which, by default, is socially and politically conformist.
See also Callinicos, Against Postmodernism, p. 73; Wood, "Introduction," pp. 26-31; Descombes, Modern French Philosophy, p. 87; and Soper, Humanism, pp. 17, 123-125.