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The Postnational Constellation: Political Essays (Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought) Paperback – March 19, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0262582063 ISBN-10: 0262582066 Edition: 1st MIT Press Ed

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  • Series: Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1st MIT Press Ed edition (March 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262582066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262582063
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jürgen Habermas is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt and Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. He was recently awarded the 2004 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy by the Inamori Foundation. The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Derek Law on July 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
I started noticing the works of Habermas because of his discourse ethics and its affinity with Kant's position. I never really had much interests in political / social philosophy (e.g. Locke, Hobbes, Marx, Weber, Freud, etc.) but this book changed me.
The issue addressed by the keynote essay 'Postnational Constellation' explores the problem of the possibility of democracy in the process of globalization (esp. in Europe) where the traditional power of the nation states-- the traditional home of democracy-- continues to decline. While this might not be a very important problem say 50 years from now, the analysis is very interesting to me because:
1. It emphasizes the importance of 'normative basis' in social-political debates. 2. It incorporates many insightful (at least to me) observations of empirical historical trends with normative considerations. 3. Habermas is a real thinker!
After reading the book, which also includes a short summary of his account of the history of the philosophical idea of modernity and a short essay concerning human rights among other works, I am now interested in Habermas' social / political theory as expounded in his other books Facts and Norms and the Inclusion of Others.
A side-note: Habermas' shorter essay Against Human Cloning is not as well-argued as other essays in the collection.
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