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The philosophical discourse of modernity : twelve lectures

Author: J�urgen Habermas ; translated by Frederick Lawrence. ; Jürgen Habermas
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1987.
Series: Studies in contemporary German social thought.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity is a tour de force that has the immediacy and accessibility of the lecture form and the excitement of an encounter across, national cultural boundaries. Habermas takes up the challenge posed by the radical critique of reason in contemporary French poststructuralism. Tracing the odyssey of the philosophical discourse of modernity, Habermas's strategy is to return to those  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J�urgen Habermas ; translated by Frederick Lawrence. ; Jürgen Habermas
ISBN: 0262081636 9780262081634 0745603602 9780745603605 0262581027 9780262581028
OCLC Number: 15789569
Notes: Translation of: Der philosophische Diskurs der Moderne.
Includes indexes.
Description: xx, 430 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Modernity's consciousness of time and its need for self-assurance --
2. Hegel's concept of modernity: Excursus on Schiller's "Letters on the aesthetic education of man" --
3. Three perspectives: Left Hegelians, Right Hegelians, and Nietzsche: Excursus on the obsolescence of the production paradigm --
4. The entry into postmodernity: Nietzsche as a turning point --
5. The entwinement of myth and Enlightenment: Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno --
6. The undermining of Western rationalism through the critique of metaphysics: Martin Heidegger --
7. Beyond a temporalized philosophy of origins: Jacques Derrida's critique of phonocentrism: Excursus on leveling the genre distinction between philosophy and literature --
8. Between eroticism and general economics: Georges Bataille --
9. The critique of reason as an unmasking of the human sciences: Michel Foucault --
10. Some questions concerning the theory of power: Foucault again --
11. An alternative way out of the philosophy of the subject: communicative versus subject-centered reason: Excursus on Cornelius Castoriadis: the imaginary institution --
12. The normative content of modernity: Excursus on Luhmann's appropriations of the philosophy of the subject through systems theory.
Series Title: Studies in contemporary German social thought.
Other Titles: Philosophische Diskurs der Moderne.
Responsibility: Jürgen Habermas ; translated by Frederick Lawrence.

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The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity is a tour de force that has the immediacy and accessibility of the lecture form and the excitement of an encounter across, national cultural boundaries. Habermas takes up the challenge posed by the radical critique of reason in contemporary French poststructuralism. Tracing the odyssey of the philosophical discourse of modernity, Habermas's strategy is to return to those historical "crossroads" at which Hegel and the Young Hegelians, Nietzsche and Heidegger made the fateful decisions that led to this outcome. His aim is to identify and clearly mark out a road indicated but not taken: the determinate negation of subject-centered reason through the concept of communicative rationality. As The Theory of Communicative Action served to place this concept within the history of social theory, these lectures locate it within the history of philosophy. Habermas examines the odyssey of the philosophical discourse of modernity from Hegel through the present and tests his own ideas about the appropriate form of a postmodern discourse through dialogs with a broad range of past and present critics and theorists. The lectures on Georges Bataille, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Cornelius Castoriadis are of particular note since they are the first fruits of the recent cross-fertilization between French and German thought. Habermas's dialogue with Foucault - begun in person as the first of these lectures were delivered in Paris in 1983 culminates here in two appreciative yet intensely argumentative lectures. His discussion of the literary-theoretical reception of Derrida in America - launched at Cornell in 1984 - issues here in a long excursus on the genre distinction between philosophy and literature. The lectures were reworked for the final time in seminars at Boston College and first published in Germany in the fall of 1985. -- from http://mitpress.mit.edu (August 22, 2011).

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