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Habermas: An Intellectual Biography Matthew G. Specter

Habermas: An Intellectual Biography

Matthew G. Specter

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This book follows postwar Germany s leading philosopher and social thinker, J rgen Habermas, through four decades of political and constitutional struggle over the shape of liberal democracy in Germany. Habermas s most influential theories of theMoreThis book follows postwar Germany s leading philosopher and social thinker, J rgen Habermas, through four decades of political and constitutional struggle over the shape of liberal democracy in Germany. Habermas s most influential theories of the public sphere, communicative action, and modernity were decisively shaped by major West German political events: the failure to de-Nazify the judiciary, the rise of a powerful Constitutional Court, student rebellions in the late 1960s, the changing fortunes of the Social Democratic Party, NATO s decision to station nuclear weapons, and the unexpected collapse of East Germany. In turn, Habermas s writings on state, law, and constitution played a critical role in reorienting German political thought and culture to a progressive liberal-democratic model. Matthew Specter uniquely illuminates the interrelationship between the thinker and his culture.