Comprised of classic and newly-commissioned papers from leading theorists, this volume provides a wide-ranging critical introduction to the thought of Jurgen Habermas.
Some contributions explore the relation between Habermas's philosophy and the thought of major predecessors, including Kant, Hegel, Marx and Heidegger. Others elucidate the political context of Habermas's thinking, while a final section presents the responses of leading German contemporaries to his work.
The result is a more rounded picture of Habermas's oeuvre and achievement than has previously been available. Habermas emerges as a thinker whose outstanding powers of renewal and innovation are inseparable from his engagement with the major traditions of European thought, and his own intellectual and political context.
Peter Dews is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Essex. He is the author of The Limits of Disenchantment (1995) and Logics of Disintegration (1987), and the editor of Deconstructive Subjectivities (with Simon Critchley, 1996), and Autonomy and Solidarity: Interviews with Jurgen Habermas (1986, rev. edn 1992).
"A fine introduction to the range and influence of Habermas's work." Ethical Perspectives