Introduction: what is postmodernity anyway? 1. The ethical message of negative dialects 2. The "postmodern" challenge to the ideal of community 3. The ethical significance of the Chiffonnier 4. The good, the right, and the possibility of legal interpretation 5. The relevance of time to the relationship between the philosphy of the limit and systems theory: the call to judicial responsibility 6. The violence of the masquerade: law dressed up as justice Conclusion: "The ethical, political, juridical significance of the end of man".