Habermas: Critical Debates

History 285B.002

Spring 2012
Section: 
002
Instructor: 
Location: 
201 Wheeler
Day & Time: 
F 2-5
CCN: 
39858

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.