The Habermas Handbook

Edited by Hauke Brunkhorst, Regina Kreide, and Cristina Lafont

Columbia University Press

The Habermas Handbook

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The Habermas Handbook

Edited by Hauke Brunkhorst, Regina Kreide, and Cristina Lafont

Columbia University Press

Jürgen Habermas is one of the most influential philosophers of our time. His diagnoses of contemporary society and concepts such as the public sphere, communicative rationality, and cosmopolitanism have influenced virtually all academic disciplines, spurred political debates, and shaped intellectual life in Germany and beyond for more than fifty years. In The Habermas Handbook, leading Habermas scholars elucidate his thought, providing essential insight into his key concepts, the breadth of his work, and his influence across politics, law, the social sciences, and public life.

This volume offers a comprehensive overview and an in-depth analysis of Habermas’s work in its entirety. After examining his intellectual biography, it goes on to illuminate the social and intellectual context of Habermasian thought, such as the Frankfurt School, speech-act theory, and contending theories of democracy. The Handbook provides an extensive account of Habermas’s texts, ranging from his dissertation on Schelling to his most recent writing about Europe. It illustrates the development of his thought and its frequently controversial reception while elaborating the central ideas of his work. The book also provides a glossary of key terms and concepts, making the complexity of Habermas’s thought accessible to a broad readership.
A global, comprehensive one-stop volume—truly a handbook—for anyone working seriously with Habermas. Max Pensky, Binghamton University
This volume is, and will likely remain for the indefinite future, the most definitive and exhaustive scholarly compendium on Habermas's life work. An astoundingly comprehensive study of virtually every detail of Habermas's thought, spanning disciplines. David Ingram, Loyola University (Chicago)
This Habermas Handbook will be the indispensable guide to one of the great philosophers of our time. More than fifty contributors, all of them experts on Habermas’s thought and many of them eminent thinkers in their own right, explain clearly and incisively his key influences, concepts, and texts. Anyone—from the novice approaching Habermas’s writings for the first time to the countless philosophers and social thinkers already inspired by his work—will find this book invaluable. Charles Larmore, author of The Autonomy of Morality
Habermas is the foremost social and political theorist of our era. His work is vital to a wide range of crucial public debates and scholarly inquiries. This book will be an indispensable guide not just to those newly discovering Habermas but also to those seeking to understand the wide reach of his work. Craig Calhoun, president, Berggruen Institute
More than two centuries ago, the German philosopher Immanuel Kant declared that “ours is the age of critique, to which everything must submit.” In our own chastened and more uncertain times, no philosopher has inherited the critical spirit of Kant’s Enlightenment with as much conviction as Jürgen Habermas, and no one has sustained the same admirable and unwavering fidelity to the principle that rational criticism must serve as the shared medium of our common world. Designed for both the specialist and the general reader alike, this superb volume offers a rich portrait of the thinker, his major works, and his remarkable contribution to philosophy and social theory. Peter E. Gordon, author of Adorno and Existence
Preface
Part I. Intellectual Biography, by Hauke Brunkhorst and Stefan Müller-Doohm
Part II. Contexts
1. The Philosophy of History, Anthropology, and Marxism, by Axel Honneth
2. The Frankfurt School and Social Theory, by Axel Honneth
3. Constitutional Law, by William E. Scheuerman
4. Pragmatism and Ultimate Justification, by Matthias Kettner
5. Hermeneutics and the Linguistic Turn, by Cristina Lafont
6. Speech Acts, by Peter Niesen
7. Psychoanalysis, by Joel Whitebook
8. Postmetaphysical Thinking, by Kenneth Baynes
9. Kant, by Ingeborg Maus
10. Cognitive Psychology, by Gertrud Nunner-Winkler
11. The Epitome of Technocratic Consciousness, by Marcelo Neves
12. Evolutionary Theories, by Klaus Eder
13. Power Discourses, by Andreas Niederberger
14. Juridical Discourses, by Klaus Günther
15. The Theory of Democracy, by Rainer Schmalz-Bruns
16. Moral and Ethical Discourses: The Distinction in General, by Georg Lohmann
17. The Constitutionalization of International Law, by Jean L. Cohen
18. European Constitutionalization, by Christian Joerges
19. The Theory of Justice, by Regina Kreide
20. Deconstruction, by Thomas Khurana
21. Poststructuralism, by Amy Allen
22. Feminism, by Amy R. Baehr
23. Neopragmatism, by Richard J. Bernstein
24. Jewish Philosophy, by Micha Brumlik
25. Monotheism, by Felmon Davis
Part III. Texts
26. Schelling, Marx, and the Philosophy of History: Das Absolute und die Geschichte: Von der Zwiespältigkeit in Schellings Denken (The Absolute and History: On Ambiguity in Schelling’s Thought, 1954), by Manfred Frank
27. The Theory of the Public Sphere: The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (1962), by Nancy Fraser
28. Technology and Reification: “Technology and Science as ‘Ideology’ ” (1968), by Robin Celikates and Rahel Jaeggi
29. Critique of Knowledge as Social Theory: Knowledge and Human Interests (1968), by William Rehg
30. Communicative Rationality: Vorbereitende Bemerkungen zu einer Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns (Preparatory Remarks for a Theory of Communicative Action, 1971), by Cristina Lafont
31. Late Capitalism and Legitimation: Legitimation Crisis (1973), by Frank Nullmeier
32. History and Evolution: Zur Rekonstruktion des Historischen Materialismus (1976), by Thomas McCarthy
33. Aporias of Cultural Modernity: “Modernity—an Unfinished Project” (1980), by Christoph Menke
34. Stand-In and Interpreter: “Philosophy as Stand-In and Interpreter” (1981), by Hauke Brunkhorst
35. The Theory of Society: The Theory of Communicative Action (1981): A Classic of Social Theory, by David Strecker
36. The Discourse Theory of Morality: “Discourse Ethics—Notes on a Program of Philosophical Justification” (1983), by Rainer Forst
37. Defense of Modernity: The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity (1985): Modernity as Rationalization and the Critique of Instrumental Reason, by Seyla Benhabib
38. Democracy, Law, and Society: Between Facts and Norms (1992): Points of Reference: The Emergence of Political Philosophy from Theoretical Philosophy, by Christoph Möllers
39. Europe, European Constitution: “Why Europe Needs a Constitution” (2001), by Andrew Arato
40. Religion, Metaphysics, Freedom: “Faith and Knowledge” (2001), by Helge Høibraaten
41. Human Nature and Genetic Manipulation: The Future of Human Nature (2001), by Thomas M. Schmidt
42. The Constitutionalization of International Law and Politics: “Does the Constitutionalization of International Law Still Have a Chance?” (2004), by James Bohman
Part IV. Concepts
43. Cognitive Interests, by William Rehg
44. Colonization, by Mattias Iser
45. Communicative Action, by Cristina Lafont
46. Communicative Anthropology, by Dirk Jörke
47. Conservatism, by Micha Brumlik
48. Constitutions and Constitutional Patriotism, by Rainer Nickel
49. Cosmopolitan Condition, by Kenneth Baynes
50. Counterfactual Presuppositions, by Andreas Koller
51. Deliberation, by Nicole Deitelhoff
52. Discourse, by Klaus Günther
53. Discourse Ethics, by Rainer Forst
54. Equality, by Kenneth Baynes
55. European Citizenship, by Christian Joerges
56. Evolution, by Marcelo Neves
57. Historical Materialism, by Martin Hartmann
58. Human Rights and Human Rights, by Regina Kreide
59. Ideology, by Martin Saar
60. Intellectuals, by René Gabriëls
61. Late Capitalism, by Frank Nullmeier
62. Learning Processes, by Gertrud Nunner-Winkler
63. Legal Wars Versus Legitimate Wars, by Anna Geis
64. Legality, Legitimacy, and Legitimation, by Rainer Nickel
65. Mass Culture and Cultural Criticism, by Gertrud Koch
66. Postmetaphysical Thinking, by Georg Lohmann
67. Power, by Mattias Iser
68. Pragmatic Turn, by Ali M. Rizvi
69. Public Sphere, by Patrizia Nanz
70. Radical Reformism, by Hauke Brunkhorst
71. Rational Reconstruction, by Mattias Iser
72. Rationality and Rationalization, by Hauke Brunkhorst
73. Social Pathology, by Martin Hartmann
74. Society, by Hartmut Rosa
75. System and Lifeworld, by Marcelo Neves
Appendix: Chronology
Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index

About the Author

Hauke Brunkhorst is senior professor of sociology at the European University–Flensburg. His books include Adorno and Critical Theory (1999); Solidarity: From Civic Friendship to a Global Legal Community (2005); and Critical Theory of Legal Revolutions: Evolutionary Perspectives (2014).

Regina Kreide is professor of political theory and the history of ideas at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen. She is the coauthor of Transformation of Democracy: Crisis, Protest, and Legitimation (2015) and The Power Dynamics of Securitization (2017).

Cristina Lafont is professor of philosophy at Northwestern University. She is the author of The Linguistic Turn in Hermeneutic Philosophy (1999); Heidegger, Language, and World-Disclosure (2000); and Global Governance and Human Rights (2012) and coeditor of Critical Theory in Critical Times: Transforming the Global Political and Economic Order (Columbia, 2017).