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  • Print publication year: 2011
  • Online publication date: June 2012

16 - J??rgen Habermas: postwar German political debates and the making of a critical theorist

Summary
Jurgen Habermas's crucial early contributions to political theory should be grouped alongside a handful of other influential works from the same historical juncture, each of which was driven by a strikingly parallel interest in salvaging the political and, even more specifically, a vision of political action capable of countering the ominous authoritarian and totalitarian options widely embraced in the twentieth century. Schmitt is a key target not only in Habermas's early political writings but also in his latest discussions of globalization and the prospects of post-national democratization. The systematic attempt in Between Facts and Norms to draw integral links between and among radical democratization, the rule of law, and a reflexive welfare state contains significant remnants of Abendroth's original critical response to post-war German Schmittians who sharply juxtaposed the rule of law to an ambitious model of the welfare state, seeing the latter as necessarily incongruent with the former.
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Political Philosophy in the Twentieth Century
  • Online ISBN: 9781139028530
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139028530
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Habermas, JürgenBetween Facts and Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law and DemocracyCambridge, MAMIT Press 1998
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Habermas, JürgenLegitimation CrisisBostonBeacon 1975
Habermas, JürgenThe Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois SocietyCambridge, MAMIT Press 1989
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