This collection of critical essays draws together leading thinkers from a variety of fields in order to assess some of Habermas's major theses concerning the philosophical, cultural and social conditions of modernity. In his substantial reply to these critics Habermas clarifies and defends his view, specifying a range of new problems which demand further analysis.
This book is an invaluable resource for understanding Habermas's work and an essential text for anyone who is interested in current debates about the nature of, ad prospects for, contemporary societies and modern culture.
1. Reason, Utopia and the Dialectic of Enlightenment: Albrecht Wellmer.
2. Psychic Thermidor and the Rebirth of Rebellious Subjectivity: Jurgen Habermas.
3. Neoconservative Culture Criticism in the United States and West Germany: An Intellectual Movement in Two Political Cultres: Jurgen Habermas.
4. Reason Without Revolution? Habermas's Theorie des Kommunikativen Handelns: Antony Giddens.
Part II: Symposium..
1. Habermas and Modernism: Martin Jay.
2. reason and Happiness: Some Psychoanalytic Themes in Critical Theory: Joel Whitebook.
3. Habermas and Lyotard on Postmodernity: Ricard Rorty.
4. Reflections on Rationalization in the Theory of Communicative Action: Thomas McCarthy.
5. Questions and Counterquestions: Jurgen Habermas.