The Past As Future: Vergangenheit Als Zukunft

U of Nebraska Press, 1994 - 185 pagina's
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J_rgen Habermas is one of the best-known and most influential philosophers in Europe today. Heir to the Frankfurt school, his reputation rests on more than thirty years of groundbreaking works on society knowledge, history, technology; ethics, and many other subjects. He is also a familiar figure in his native Germanyøwhere he has often played a prominent role in public de-bates. In recent years, he has spoken out ever more directly on the extraordinary changes taking place in Germany, Europe, and the world.

This volume of interviews reveals Habermas's passionate engagement with contemporary issues. Wide-ranging and informal, the interviews focus on matters of decisive importance to Germany and the rest of the world in the 1990s: German unification; recent explosive debates about interpretations of German history, Germany's asylum policies, and the Nazi era; efforts to create a cooperative, peaceful Europe; and the significance of the Persian Gulf War. A final interview focuses on the relation between theory and practice?between philosophy and the so-called real world. In an afterword to the volume, Habermas addresses a broad spectrum of issues facing Germany and other nations in this final decade of the century.

Ably translated and annotated by Max Pensky, professor of philosophy at the State University of New York-Binghamton, The Past as Future provides a striking portrait of an intellectual who is equally at home in the world of academic philosophy and in mainstream debate?and who can make valuable connections between the two.


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In discussions compiled from interviews with Michael Haller, Habermas, the most articulate of the Frankfurt philosophers who sought to humanize Marxism, offers reflections on the status of the German ... Volledige review lezen

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Preface by Michael Haller i
The Normative Deficits of Unification
The Past as Future
Europes Second Chance
What Theories Can Accomplish
The Asylum Debate Paris Lecture
Afterword May 1993

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Over de auteur (1994)

The interviewer, Michael Haller, studied philosophy, politics, and social sciences in Freiburg and Basel. He has worked as an editor at Der Spiegel and has been a correspondent for Die Zeit in Hamburg and in Zurich since 1990. Peter Hohendahl is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Cornell University.

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