Habermas: An Intellectual Biography

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Cambridge University Press, 27 sep. 2010
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This book follows postwar Germany's leading philosopher and social thinker, Jürgen Habermas, through four decades of political and constitutional struggle over the shape of liberal democracy in Germany. Habermas's most influential theories - of the public sphere, communicative action, and modernity - were decisively shaped by major West German political events: the failure to de-Nazify the judiciary, the rise of a powerful Constitutional Court, student rebellions in the late 1960s, the changing fortunes of the Social Democratic Party, NATO's decision to station nuclear weapons, and the unexpected collapse of East Germany. In turn, Habermas's writings on state, law, and constitution played a critical role in reorienting German political thought and culture to a progressive liberal-democratic model. Matthew Specter uniquely illuminates the interrelationship between the thinker and his culture.
 

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A book for specialists on legal theory or on the philosopher Jurgen Habermas. It traces Habermas' intellectual struggle with the major political events of post-war Germany and the country's Nazi past ... Volledige review lezen

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Introduction
1
2 Habermas as Synthesizer of German Constitutional Theory 19581963
59
 From the Great Refusal to the Theory of Communicative Action
87
 Rethinking Germanys link to the West Westbindung 19781987
133
 Recasting Democratic Theory 19841996
171
Conclusion
203
Bibliography
213
Index
249
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Over de auteur (2010)

Matthew Specter is Assistant Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University. He has published in the journals Modern Intellectual History and the European Legacy and has presented his work at Harvard's Center for European Studies, the National Humanities Center, the German Historical Institute in Washington DC, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and the American Historical Association, as well as to audiences in Vienna, Frankfurt, Berlin, Cortona, and Haifa. Professor Specter received his PhD from Duke University and previously held the position of Postdoctoral Fellow at George Mason University.

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