Habermas: Rescuing the Public Sphere

Habermas: Rescuing the Public Sphere

by Pauline Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415367697

ISBN-13: 9780415367691

Pub. Date: 04/01/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"This study explores the major episodes in Habermas' thinking about the public sphere. From the outset, he has maintained that the complex ambiguity of the Enlightenment, its cultural achievements and potentials have been poorly understood. Whereas his first major work tried to retrieve this ambiguity by excavating the neglected public-democratic core of Enlightenment…  See more details below

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"This study explores the major episodes in Habermas' thinking about the public sphere. From the outset, he has maintained that the complex ambiguity of the Enlightenment, its cultural achievements and potentials have been poorly understood. Whereas his first major work tried to retrieve this ambiguity by excavating the neglected public-democratic core of Enlightenment liberalism, his later writings attempted to provide this cultural potential with a more secure anthropological basis in the pragmatics of communication." Habermas' project of re-animating the significance of the public sphere and rescuing the neglected potentials of Enlightenment legacies has been deeply controversial. For many, it is too lacking in radical commitments to warrant its claim to a contemporary place within a critical theory tradition. Against this charge, Pauline Johnson defends Habermas' utopian credentials while simultaneously arguing that his own construction of contemporary emancipatory hopes is too narrow and one-sided.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415367691
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Series:
Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : the plight of the public sphere1
2The structural transformation of the public sphere18
3The theory of communicative action38
4Discourse ethics and the normative justification of tolerance63
5A discourse theory of law and democracy78
6Globalizing the public sphere100
7The utopian energies of a radical reformist117
8Romantic and enlightenment legacies : the postmodern critics134
9Distorted communications : Habermas and feminism152
10Conclusion166

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