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Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought

The Science Wars, Argumentation Theory, and Habermas

A proposal for an interdisciplinary, context-sensitive framework for assessing the strength of scientific arguments that melds Jürgen Habermas’s discourse theory and sociological contextualism.

Critical Theory between Past and Future

A provocatively argued call for shifting the emphasis of critical theory from Habermasian "critique," restricted to normative clarification, to "disclosure," a possibility-enhancing approach that draws on and reinterprets ideas of Heidegger.

From Dêmos to Dêmoi

An innovative conception of democracy for an era of globalization and delegation of authority beyond the nation-state: rule by peoples across borders rather than by "the people" within a fixed jurisdiction.

Political Equality and the Welfare State

An argument for justifying the welfare state politically rather than economically, based on an ideal of democratic equality.

A proposal for negotiating the tension between an anti-authoritarian impulse and a guiding idea of context-transcending validity in critical social theory.

Philosophy and the Possibility of Critical Rationality
From Civic Friendship to a Global Legal Community

A political sociologist examines the concept of universal, egalitarian citizenship and assesses the prospects for developing democratic solidarity at the global level.

Aesthetic Reflection in Kant and Hegel

Cristina Lafont drawsupon Hilary Putnam's work in particular to criticize the linguisticidealism and relativism of the German tradition, which she traces backto the assumption that meaning determines reference.

Essays on Reason, God and Modernity
Philosophy, Culture, and Agency
Preliminary Studies in the Theory of Communicative Action
Essays in Honor of Hans-Georg Gadamer
The Irreconcilable Nature of Modernity: Essays and Lectures
Enlightenment and the Pathogenesis of Modern Society

This anthology brings together for the first time, in revised or new translation, ten essays that present the main concerns of Jürgen Habermas's program in formal pragmatics.

Pluralism, Complexity, and Democracy

Bohman develops a realistic model of deliberation by gradually introducing and analyzing the major tests facing deliberative democracy: cultural pluralism, social inequalities, social complexity, and community-wide biases and ideologies.

On Adorno's Aesthetics

In Exact Imagination, Late Work, Shierry Weber Nicholsen begins the process of appropriating Adorno through the centrality of the aesthetic dimension.

Aesthetic Negativity in Adorno and Derrida

In this book Christoph Menke attempts to explain art's sovereign power to subvert reason without falling into an error common to Adorno's negative dialectics and Derrida's deconstruction.

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