Habermas: The Key Concepts

Habermas: The Key Concepts

Habermas: The Key Concepts

Habermas: The Key Concepts

Synopsis

An independently minded champion of 'the project of modernity' in a supposedly post-modern age, Jurgen Habermas (1929-) is one of the most widely influential thinkers of our times. This is an easy-to-use A-Z guide to a body of work that spans philosophy, sociology, politics, law and cultural theory, Habermas: The Key Concepts explores Habermas' writings on: capitalism; genetics; law; neo-conservatism; and universal pragmatics. Fully cross-referenced with extensive suggestions for further reading, this is an essential reference guide to one of the most important social theorists of the last century.

Excerpt

My intention has been to offer a series of short essays that will help to introduce some of the most important ideas and theories of Jürgen Habermas. I have aimed to make each entry as self-contained as possible, at the cost of a certain repetition between entries. However, where I review an idea repeatedly, I have tried to approach it in a slightly different manner on each occasion and to offer different illustrations. As entries cannot be wholly self-contained, I have crossreferenced entries by using bold type, where appropriate and typically on the first occurrence of a key term in the entry.

In writing this book I have inevitably incurred a series of debts. First, my thanks to the staff at Routledge for their encouragement, patience and occasional hard prod, and especially to Andrea Hartill and David Avital. My colleagues at Cardiff have all continued to provide a stimulating intellectual atmosphere and working environment, but special thanks must go to Chris Norris for relieving me of some of my teaching at a crucial stage in the completion of the manuscript. Finally, my biggest debt, as ever, is to my family. Without their love and support, even if they didn’t know I was writing the book, it would never have been finished.

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