The Postnational Constellation: Political Essays

The Postnational Constellation: Political Essays

by J?rgen Habermas
     
 

translated, edited, and with an introduction by Max Pensky Does a global economy render the traditional nation-state obsolete? Does globalization threaten democratic life, or offer it new forms of expression? What are the implications of globalization for our understanding of politics and of national and cultural identities? In The Postnational Constellation,

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translated, edited, and with an introduction by Max Pensky Does a global economy render the traditional nation-state obsolete? Does globalization threaten democratic life, or offer it new forms of expression? What are the implications of globalization for our understanding of politics and of national and cultural identities? In The Postnational Constellation, Jürgen Habermas addresses these and other questions. He explores the historical and political origins of national identity, the achievements and catastrophes of the twentieth century, the future of democracy in the wake of the era of the nation-state, the political and moral challenges facing the European Union, and the status of global human rights in the ongoing debate on the sources of cultural identity. In their scope, critical insight, and clarity, the essays present a powerful vision of the contemporary political scene and the opportunities and challenges facing us. Those new to Habermas's work will find in this book a lucid and engaging introduction to one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers. Those familiar with Habermas's writings will appreciate the application of his social and political theories to current political realities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262582063
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/19/2001
Series:
Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Editor's Introduction
Foreword
1What is a People? The Frankfurt "Germanists' Assembly" of 1846 and the Self-Understanding of the Humanities of the Vormarz1
2On the Public Use of History26
3Learning from Catastrophe? A Look Back at the Short Twentieth Century38
4The Postnational Constellation and the Future of Democracy58
5Remarks on Legitimation through Human Rights113
6Conceptions of Modernity: A Look Back at Two Traditions130
7The Differing Rhythms of Philosophy and Politics: Herbert Marcuse at 100157
8An Argument against Human Cloning: Three Replies163
Notes173
Index188

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