Habermas and the Unfinished Project of Modernity

Habermas and the Unfinished Project of Modernity

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This collection of ten essays offers the first systematic assessment of JA¼ rgen Habermas's qPhilosophical Discourse of Modernity, q 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 qPraxis International, q and one -- by Habermas -- first appeared in translation in qNew Critiqueq ) are divided into two sections: qCritical Rejoindersq and qThematic Reformulations.q An opening essay by d'EntrAu ves 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 a; CONTRIBUTORS: qIntroduction, q Maurizio Passerin d'EntrAu ves. qModernity versus Postmodernity, q JA¼ rgen Habermas. Critical Rejoinders: Fred Dallmayr. Christopher Norris. David C. Hoy. James Schmidt. Joel Whitebook. ThematicReformulations: James Bohman. Diana Coole. Jay M. Bernstein. David Ingram.Critical Essays on The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity Maurizio Passerin da#39; EntrAuves, Seyla Benhabib ... in interactions who coordinate their action plans by reaching mutual consensus on something in the worlda#39;. ... First of all, one cannot fail to notice the geographical and intellectual restrictedness of this discourse: as portrayed in the study, its chief ... Under the rubric of a#39;natural lawa#39;, modern philosophy created an elaborate system of normative standards which - on a par with theanbsp;...

Title:Habermas and the Unfinished Project of Modernity
Author: Maurizio Passerin d'Entrèves, Seyla Benhabib
Publisher:MIT Press - 1997

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