Habermas: Critical Debates

History 280B

Fall 2011
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
F 10-12P
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  • No intellectual of our time has generated as many productive controversies as the leading figure of the second generation of the Frankfurt School, Jurgen Habermas. Embodying in his own practice the principles of communicative rationality he so avidly defends on the level of theory, Habermas has responded to an extraordinary number of interlocutors, and in so doing raised the level of intellectual discourse in several different contexts. This course will combine readings of several of his own seminal texts with an examination of the rebuttals and counter-rebuttals they have engendered. Readings: Matthew Specter, Habermas: An Intellectual Biography (Cambridge, 978-0-521-73831) Martin Beck Matustik, Jurgen Habermas: A Philosophical-Political Profile (Rowman and Littlefield, 0-7425-0797-1) Jurgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (MIT; 0-262-58108-6) Jurgen Habermas, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity (MIT: 0-262-08163-6) Jurgen Habermas, Communication and the Evolution of Society (Beacon: 0-8070-1513-x) Jurgen Habermas, Legitimation Crisis (Beacon: 0-8070-1521-0) Jurgen Habermas, Postmetaphysical Thinking (MIT 0-262-08209-8) Craig Calhoun, ed., Habermas and the Public Sphere (MIT: 0-262-53114-3) Lasse Thomassen, ed., The Derrida-Habermas Reader (Chicago, 0-226-79684-1) John Thompson and David Held, Habermas: Critical Debates (MIT: 0-262-70023-9) Richard Bernstein, ed., Habermas and Modernity (MIT 0-262-52102-4) Axel Honneth and Hans Joas, eds. Communicative Action (Polity: 0-7456-055540) Peter Dews, ed., Habermas: Autonomy and Solidarity (Verso, 0-86091 8521)