Habermas and the Unfinished Project of Modernity: Critical by Maurizio Passerin D'Entreves, Seyla Benhabib

By Maurizio Passerin D'Entreves, Seyla Benhabib

This choice of ten essays deals the 1st systematic review of J?rgen Habermas's Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, a publication that defended the rational capability of the trendy age opposed to the depiction of modernity as a spent epoch. The essays (of which 4 are newly commissioned, 5 have been released within the magazine Praxis foreign, and one -- by means of Habermas -- first seemed in translation in New Critique) are divided into sections: severe Rejoinders and Thematic Reformulations.An establishing essay through d'Entr?ves units out the most matters and orients the controversy among Habermas and the postmodernists via choosing assorted senses of accountability: a accountability to behave as opposed to a accountability to otherness (an openness to distinction, dissonance, and ambiguity). those are associated with replacement understandings of the first functionality of language: action-orienting as opposed to world-disclosing. it is a fruitful means of the matters that Habermas has raised in his try to resurrect and entire the undertaking of Enlightenment.Habermas's essay discusses the most topics of his e-book within the context of a serious engagement with neoconservative cultural and political developments. the most physique of essays provide an engaging number of issues of view, for and opposed to Habermas's place through philosophers, social scientists, highbrow historians, and literary critics.SECTIONS & participants : advent, Maurizio Passerin d'Entr?ves. Modernity as opposed to Postmodernity, J?rgen Habermas. serious Rejoinders : Fred Dallmayr. Christopher Norris. David C. Hoy. James Schmidt. Joel Whitebook. Thematic Reformulations : James Bohman. Diana Coole. Jay M. Bernstein. David Ingram.

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Thus neopopulist protests are merely giving forceful expression to widespread fears concerning the possible destruction of the urban and the natural environments, and the destruction of humane forms of social life. Many different occasions for discontent and protest arise wherever a one-sided process of modernization, guided by criteria of economic and administrative rationality, invades domains of life which are centred on the task of cultural transmission, social integration, socialization and education, domains orientated towards quite different criteria, namely towards those of communicative rationality.

6 This spirit of aesthetic modernity has aged since Benjamin's time. During the 1960s it was, of course, rehearsed once more. But with the 1970s now behind us, we have to confess that modernism finds almost no resonance today. Even during the 1960s Octavio Paz, a partisan for modernity, observed with some sadness that 'the avant- 42 JURGEN HABERMAS garde of 1967 repeats the deeds and the gestures of the avant-garde of 1917. ' 7 In the wake of Peter Burger's work we now speak of post-avant-garde art, an expression that acknowledges the failure of the surrealist rebellion.

This dirempted totality can become reconciled only when there arises from the experience of the negativity of divided life a longing for the life that has been lost. (PDM, pp. 28-9) The dynamic of fate originates from the disruption of the conditions of symmetry and reciprocity that characterize an intersubjectively constituted life context. And, as Habermas pointedly remarks, 'this act of tearing loose from an intersubjectively shared lifeworld is what first generates a subject-object relationship.

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