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Hardcover | ISBN: 9780262081634 | 450 pp. | 6 x 9 in | September 1987
Paperback | $41.00 Short | £28.95 | ISBN: 9780262581028 | 450 pp. | 6 x 9 in | March 1990

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The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity

Twelve Lectures


This critique of French philosophy and the history of German philosophy 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 as Habermas takes up the challenge posed by the radical critique of reason in contemporary French postmodernism. 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.

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.


"Destined to be the most widely discussed intervention into the increasingly heated controversy over the apparent transition from modernity to postmodernity, Habermas's latest major effort is certain to raise the level of the debate several notches."Martin Jay

"These lectures may provide the best entrance into Habermas's thought for non-specialists of any of his writings."Peter C. Hodgson, Religious Studies Review