Philosophical-Political Profiles

From Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought

Philosophical-Political Profiles

By Jürgen Habermas





Based on the new German edition of Philosophisch-politische Profile which has attracted serious and widespread attention, this book includes thirteen pieces written by Habermas between 1958 and 1978 - the most important of those in the German edition, plus additional articles.In these essays, Habermas offers a clear and strikingly personal examination of major modern German philosophers and cultural critics, focusing particularly on the content of their thought in relation to their respective political and biographical contexts.

Contents Does Philosophy Still Have a Purpose? • The German Influence (Heidegger) • The Figures of Truth (Jaspers) • Karl Löwith's Stoic Retreat from Historical Consciousness • A Marxist Schelling (Bloch) • A Primal History of Subjectivity and Self-Affirmation Gone Wild (Adorno) • Imitated Substantiality (Gehlen) • Consciousness-raising or Rescuing Critique-On the Relevance of Walter Benjamin • Herbert Marcuse on Art and Revolution • Hannah Arendt's Concept of Power • The Hidden Torah (Gershom Scholem) • Urbanizing the Heideggerian Province-In Praise of Hans-Georg Gadamer

Philosophical-Political Profiles is included in the series, Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought.


$21.00 X ISBN: 9780262580717 239 pp. | 6 in x 9 in


  • At the hands of a minor talent, profiles are often flat, two-dimensional outlines of a thinker's intellectual physiognomy. At the hands of a master like Jürgen Habermas, they can become something far more substantial and profound.... For those of his readers accustomed to the demandingly abstract level of his theoretical work, the results will prove a welcome surprise. Without sacrificing any of the rigor and brilliance of those longer studies, he displays a remarkable ability to combine depth with brevity. Philosophical-Political Profiles not only adds a new dimension to our understanding of the intellectual odyssey of Germany's leading contemporary thinker but also provides a series of stunning insights into the thought of the generation that preceded him.

    Martin Jay