We live in a time of turbulent change when many of the frameworksthat have characterized our societies over the last few centuries– such as the international order of sovereign nation-states– are being called into question. In this new volume ofessays and interviews, Habermas focuses his attention on theseprocesses of change and provides some of the resources needed tounderstand them.
What kind of international order should we seek to create in ourcontemporary global age? How should we understand the politicalproject of Europe and how can the democratic deficit of the EU beovercome? How should we understand the relation between democracyas popular sovereignty, which has become the defining principle ofpolitical legitimacy in the modern world, and the idea of basichuman rights embodied in the rule of law?
Habermas brings his formidable powers of analysis and hisdistinctive theoretical perspective to bear on these and other keyquestions of the modern age. His analysis is shaped throughout byhis commitment to informed public debate and his powerful advocacyof a postnational renewal of the project of constitutionaldemocracy.
Time of Transitions will be essential reading for allstudents and scholars of sociology and politics, and it will be ofinterest to anyone concerned with the key social and politicalquestions of our time.
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About the Author
Jürgen Habermas is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt.
Table of Contents
Part I From Bonn to Berlin.
1 There are Alternatives!.
Part II Interventions.
2 From Power Politics to Cosmopolitan Society.
3 A Sort of Logo of the Free West.
4 The Finger of Blame: The Germans and Their Memorial.
Part III Public Reeprsentation and Cultural Memory.
5 Symbolic Expression and Ritual Behavior: Ernst Cassirer andArnold Gehlen Revisited.
Part IV Europe in Transition.
6 Euroskepticism, Market Europe, or a Europe of (World)Citizens?.
7 Does Europe need a Constitution?.
Part V A Question of Political Theory.
8 Constitutional Democracy - A Paradoxical Union ofContradictory Principles?.
Part VI American Pragmatism and German Philosophy: ThreeReviews.
9 John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty.
10 Richard Rorty, Achieving our Country.
11 Robert Brandom, Making it Explicit.
Part VII Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome.
12 A Conversation about God and The World.