These essays by the contemporary German philosopher and sociologist, Jürgen Habermas, were written between 1958 and 1979. In them, he sketches his impressions—as if he were conducting a living dialog—of the giants of recent German thought, several of whom were his teachers. These include Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger, Ernst Bloch, Karl Lowith, Theodor Adorno, Arnold Gehlen, Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse, Hannah Arendt, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Gershom Scholem.
Philosophical-Political Profiles is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.
About the Author
Jürgen Habermas is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt and Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. He was recently awarded the 2004 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy by the Inamori Foundation. The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind.
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