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Foucault Contra Habermas: Recasting the Dialogue between Genealogy and Critical Theory (Philosophy and Social Criticism) Hardcover – September 13, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0803977709 ISBN-10: 0803977700

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Product Details

  • Series: Philosophy and Social Criticism
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (September 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803977700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803977709
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,613,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Samantha Ashenden is Senior Lecturer in Sociology. She has a BA (Hons) Applied Social Science from Kingston University, an M.Phil in Social and Political Theory from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of London. She has published on problems of power, authority and legitimacy within constitutional states, the role of expertise in contemporary governance, and on feminist theory and child sexual abuse. She has taught on the London Consortium Ph.D Programme, and at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, as well as at Queen Mary University of London, the University of North London, and Kingston University. Sam is currently Chair of the BA Politics, Philosophy and History. She is the Managing Editor of the journal Economy and Society and is reviews editor for the journal Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy

David Owen is lecturer in politics at the University of Southampton. His previous publications include Maturity and Modernity (1994) and Nietzsche, Politics and Modernity (1995).


Samanta Ashenden Birkbeck College University of London

Paul Connolly University of Ulster

Mitchell Dean Macquarrie University

Peter Jowers University of the West of England

Thomas Osborne University of Bristol

Ralph Schroeder Royal Holloway College University of London

Nigel South University of Essex

Sean Watson University of the West of England

Malcolm Waters University of Tasmania

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By smahadin@hotmail.com on November 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a welcome addition to the proverbial confrontation between Habermas' transcendental pragmatics and Foucault's geneology. Although both thinkers chose language as the vehicle of emancipation, Habermas' persistence in holding on the the Kantian universals of reasons in intersubjective interaction through applying the maxims of reason leaves no room for localised considerations. Foucault's engagment with the Kantian conception of enlightenment is one of historical contingency. He advocates a formulation of ethics where emancipation and maturity are not set by the normative practices of Habermas and Kant but the locale's own arrival at its own truths. The articles shed more light on the differences between the two ethical stances enriching the literature on the subject.
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