Habermas And the Unfinished Project of Modernity: Critical Essays on The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity

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This collection of ten essays offers the first systematic assessment of Jürgen
Habermas's Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, a book that defended the rational potential of the modern age against the depiction of modernity as a spent epoch. The essays (of which four are newly commissioned, five were published in the journal Praxis International, and one -- by Habermas --
first appeared in translation in New Critique) are divided into two ...

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Overview

This collection of ten essays offers the first systematic assessment of Jürgen
Habermas's Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, a book that defended the rational potential of the modern age against the depiction of modernity as a spent epoch. The essays (of which four are newly commissioned, five were published in the journal Praxis International, and one -- by Habermas --
first appeared in translation in New Critique) are divided into two sections: Critical Rejoinders and Thematic Reformulations.An opening essay by d'Entrèves sets out the main issues and orients the debate between Habermas and the postmodernists by identifying two different senses of responsibility: a responsibility to act versus a responsibility to otherness (an openness to difference, dissonance, and ambiguity). These are linked with two alternative understandings of the primary function of language: action-orienting versus world-disclosing. This is a fruitful way of looking at the issues that Habermas has raised in his attempt to resurrect and complete the project of Enlightenment.Habermas's essay discusses the main themes of his book in the context of a critical engagement with neoconservative cultural and political trends. The main body of essays offer an interesting collection of points of view, for and against Habermas's position by philosophers,
social scientists, intellectual historians, and literary critics.SECTIONS & CONTRIBUTORS :
Introduction, Maurizio Passerin d'Entrèves. Modernity versus Postmodernity, Jürgen Habermas.
Critical Rejoinders : Fred Dallmayr. Christopher Norris. David C. Hoy. James Schmidt. Joel
Whitebook. Thematic Reformulations : James Bohman. Diana Coole. Jay M. Bernstein. David
Ingram.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262540803
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1997
  • Series: Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 315
  • Sales rank: 1,054,890
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Seyla Benhabib is Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale
University and author of The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global
Era
and other books.
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Modernity: An Unfinished Project 38
2 The Discourse of Modernity: Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Habermas 59
3 Deconstruction, Postmodernism and Philosophy: Habermas on Derrida 97
4 Splitting the Difference: Habermas's Critique of Derrida 124
5 Habermas and Foucault 147
6 Intersubjectivity and the Monadic Core of the Psyche: Habermas and Castoriadis on the Unconscious 172
7 Two Versions of the Linguistic Turn: Habermas and Postructuralism 197
8 Habermas and the Question of Alterity 221
9 The Causality of Fate: Modernity and Modernism in Habermas 245
10 The Subject of Justice in Postmodern Discourse: Aesthetic Judgement and Political Rationality 269
Index 303
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