Saturday, June 13, 2009

Habermas - "Europe. The Faltering Project"

New book from Polity Press:

Europe. The Faltering Project
by Jürgen Habermas

"The future of Europe and the role it will play in the 21st century are among the most important political questions of our time. The optimism of a decade ago has now faded but the stakes are higher than ever. The way these questions are answered will have enormous implications not only for all Europeans but also for the citizens of Europe's closest and oldest ally - the USA.
In this new book, one of Europe's leading intellectuals examines the political alternatives facing Europe today and outlines a course of action for the future. Habermas advocates a policy of gradual integration of Europe in which key decisions about Europe's future are put in the hands of its peoples, and a 'bipolar commonality' of the West in which a more unified Europe is able to work closely with the United States to build a more stable and equitable international order.
This book includes Habermas's portraits of three long-time philosophical companions, Richard Rorty, Jacques Derrida and Ronald Dworkin. It also includes several important new texts by Habermas on the impact of the media on the public sphere, on the enduring importance religion in "post-secular" societies, and on the design of a democratic constitutional order for the emergent world society."


1. "...And to define America, her athletic Democracy." In Memory of Richard Rorty (2007)
2. How to Answer the Ethical Question: Derrida and Religion (2003)
3. Ronald Dworkin - A Maverick among Legal Scholars (2006)

Europe, Europe
4. An Avantgardistic Intuition for Relevances: The Role of the Intellectual and European Question (2006)
5. What is Meant by a "Post-secular Society"? A Discussion on Islam in Europe (2008)
6. European Politics at an Impasse: A Plea for a Policy of Graduated Integration (2007)
7. The Constitutionalization of International Law and the Problems of Legitimating a Constitution for World Society (2008)

On Reason in the Public Sphere
8. Media, Markets and Consumers: The Quality Press as the Backbone of the Public Sphere (2007)
9. Political Communication in Media Society - Does Democracy still have an epistemic Dimension? The Impact of Normative Theory on Empirical Research (2006)

Afterword: Lessons of the Financial Crisis (2008).

All essays - except 5 and 7 and the afterword - are from Habermas's "Ach Europa. Kleine politische Schriften XI" (Frankfurt am Main, Suhrkamp Verlag, 2008).

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