Friday, February 25, 2011

Review of Ingram's introduction to Habermas

At "Notre Dame Philosophical Review", Eduardo Mendieta reviews David Ingram's "Habermas: Introduction and Analysis" (Cornell University Press, 2010):

Review of "Habermas: Introduction and Analysis"


"David Ingram has provided us with what is unquestionably the most comprehensive introduction to one of the most demanding systems of thought, without sacrificing critical distance.(.....) The book is a versatile toolbox, which will make it a must for anyone aiming to teach Habermas or the transformations of Critical Theory in the last decades. Above all, however, it is also a substantive contribution to the tradition to which Habermas belongs, for it is a critique of reason by way of an immanent critique of communicative rationality itself. Seasoned Habermasians will have to read it as well."

The review also contains some information on a forthcoming book by Habermas on "Faith and Reason":

"Since 2008, Habermas has been working on a large manuscript on "Faith and Reason" in which he is rethinking Western sociological theory in light of the failure of religion to wither away like a flower in the desert of rationalized world-views. In this manuscript Habermas is also revising his theory of the origins of language, taking up the work of paleontologists, anthropologists, and cognitive and brain development theorists. In addition, he is revisiting his phenomenological theory of the life-world and the emergence of world-views from the secularization of religious doctrines."

See my post on David Ingram's new book here.

Thanks to Ali Rizvi for the pointer.

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