Critique and Power: Recasting the Foucault/Habermas Debate / Edition 1

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Overview

Which paradigm of critique -- Foucault's or Habermas's -- is philosophically and practically superior, especially with regard to the nature and role of power in contemporary society? In shaping this collection, Michael Kelly has sought to address this question in relation to the ethical, political, and social theory of the past two decades.Michel Foucault and Jurgen Habermas had only just begun to come to terms with one another's work when Foucault died in 1984; they had even discussed the possibility of a formal debate on "Enlightenment" in the neutral arena of the United States. In the decade since, Habermas and his supporters have continued to respond to Foucault in various ways, but Foucault's followers have not shown as strong an inclination to keep up his side of the dialogue. For this reason an invaluable exchange on the nature and limits of philosophy in the present age has never achieved its full potential.In this anthology Michael Kelly recasts the debate in a way that will open it up for further development. The book starts by juxtaposing key texts from the two philosophers; it then adds a set of reactions and commentaries by theorists who have taken up the two alternative approaches to power and critique. (Two of these essays were written especially for this volume.) The result is a guide for those seeking to understand and build on this important but unfinished debate.Essays by: Michel Foucault. Jürgen Habermas. Axel Honneth. Nancy
Fraser. Richard Bernstein. Thomas McCarthy. James Schmidt and Thomas E. Wartenberg.
Gilles Deleuze. Jana Sawicki. Michael Kelly.

The MIT Press

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Michael Kelly is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University,
where he is also Managing Editor of the journal Philosophical
Forum.
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Table of Contents

Sources and Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Two Lectures 17
3 The Critique of Reason as an Unmasking of the Human Sciences: Michel Foucault 47
4 Some questions Concerning the Theory of Power: Foucault Again 79
5 Critical Theory/ Intellectual History 109
6 The Art of Telling the Truth 139
7 Taking Aim at the Heart of the Present: On Foucault's Lecture on Kant's What Is Enlightenment? 149
8 Foucault's Theory of Society: A Systems-Theoretic Dissolution of the Dialectic of Enlightenment 157
9 Michel Foucault: A "Young Conservative"? 185
10 Foucault: Critique as a Philosophic Ethos 211
11 The Critique of Impure Reason: Foucault and the Frankfurt School 243
12 Foucault's Enlightenment: Critique, Revolution, and the Fashioning of the Self 283
13 Foldings, or the Inside of Thought (Subjectivation) 315
14 Foucault and Feminism: A Critical Reappraisal 347
15 Foucault, Habermas, and the Self-Referentiality of Critique 365
Index 401
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