The Cambridge Companion to Habermas / Edition 1by Stephen K. White, Stephen K. (Ed.) White
Pub. Date: 09/28/2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This volume examines the historical and intellectual contexts out of which Habermas' work emerged, and offers an overview of his main ideas, including those in his most recent publication. Among the topics discussed are: his relationship to Marx and the Frankfurt School of critical theory, his unique contributions to the philosophy of social sciences, the concept of "communicative ethics," and the critique of postmodernism. Particular attention is paid to Habermas' recent work on democratic theory and the constitutional state.
Table of Contents1. Introduction Stephen White; 2. The heritage: Habermas and Adorno Romand Coles; What remains of Marx? Nancy Love; 3. Communicative rationality: philosophical and social scientific implications; The idea of communicative rationality Georgia Warnke; Critical theory as a research programme John Dryzek; 4. Normative democracy; Practical discourse and communicatve ethics J. Donald Moon; Rechtstheorie Kenneth Baynes; Universalism and the situated critic Max Pensky; 5. Democracy; Democracy and self Mark Warren; Discourse and democractic practices Simone Chambers; 6. The defense of modernity; Habermas' critique of Nietzsche and his progeny Tracy Strong; Modernity and postmodernity Axel Honneth.
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