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What is Still Critical in the Work of Jürgen Habermas?

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Andrew M Koch Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
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Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: This paper will present a strategic reading of Habermas's project since the publishing of his "Legitimation Crisis." We examine his consensus theory of truth, the assumption of mutually acceptable outcomes in political discourse, and the role of law in bringing about social solidarity. We argue that Habermas has made several questionable assumptions while constructing this project that leave him open to criticism. We suggest that in his desire to preserve the Enlightenment, Habermas has ignored the power dimension of political life, leading him in a very "uncritical" direction.

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Koch, Andrew M. “What is Still Critical in the Work of Jürgen Habermas?” Politics and Policy, 29 (1) 69-89. March 2001. Wiley-Blackwell (ISSN: 1555-5623) DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-1346.2001.tb00584.x Version of record at: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com
Language: English
Date: 2001
Keywords
Jürgen Habermas