Mimesis and Reason: Habermas's Political Philosophy

Mimesis and Reason: Habermas's Political Philosophy

by Gregg Daniel Miller


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Complicating the standard interpretation of Habermas as a proceduralist, Mimesis and Reason uncovers the role that mimesis, or imitation, plays as a genuinely political force in communicative action. Through a penetrating examination of Habermas's use of themes and concepts from Plato, George Herbert Mead, and Walter Benjamin, Gregg Daniel Miller reconstructs Habermas's theory to reveal a new, postmetaphysical articulation of reason that lays the groundwork for new directions in political theory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438437408
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/02/2012
Pages: 199
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Gregg Daniel Miller is Lecturer at the University of Washington.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Reason and Mimesis 9

I The Postmetaphysical Condition of Reason 10

II Mimesis 14

III Mimesis Against Disenchantment 20

IV Mimesis as Re-Enchantment? 28

V Toward a Reconstruction of Communicative Action 33

Chapter 2 Mimesis in Communicative Action: Habermas and Plato 35

I Modernity and its Anti-Mimetic Cogito 36

II Divine Mimesis 41

III Prosaic Mimesis 49

IV Poetic Mimesis 53

V The Manner of Mimesis 56

VI The Grammar of Mimesis 60

VII Toward the Affective Bond of Understanding 63

Chapter 3 The Subject in Communicative Action: Habermas and George Herbert Mead 69

I Two Phases of the Self: I and Me 71

II The Individuated Self 76

III From Play to Game 81

IV From Image to Symbol 86

V I the Artist 90

VI Mead's Anti-mimesis 94

VII Habermas's Intersubjective Ego 100

Chapter 4 The Experience of Mimesis: Habermas and Walter Benjamin 109

I Weberian Pneuma 113

II Experience 115

III Lament for Experience (Erfabrung) Lost 117

IV Shock and Wisdom in Postauratic Experience 121

V Postauratic Experience as Mimesis in Language 124

VI Habermas's Benjaminian Experience 129

VII Conclusions 135

Coda: Habermas and the Affective Bond of Understanding 137

Notes 143

Bibliography 169

Index 183

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