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Foucault Contra Habermas

Foucault Contra Habermas
Recasting the Dialogue between Genealogy and Critical Theory

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July 1999 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Foucault contra Habermas is an incisive examination of, and a comprehensive introduction to, the debate between Foucault and Habermas over the meaning of enlightenment and modernity. It reprises the key issues in the argument between critical theory and genealogy and is organised around three complementary themes: defining the context of the debate; examining the theoretical and conceptual tools used; and discussing the implications for politics and criticism.

In a detailed reply to Habermas' Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, this volume explains the difference between Habermas' philosophical practice and Foucault's between the analytics of truth and the politics of truth. Many of the most difficult arguments in the exchange are subject to a detailed critical analysis. This examination also includes discussion of the ethics of dialogue; the practice of criticism; the politics of recognition , and the function of civil society and democracy.

Samantha Ashenden and David Owen
Foucault, Habermas and the Politics of Critique  
David Owen
Orientation and Enlightenment
An Essay on Critique and Genealogy  
Thomas Osborne
Critical Spirituality
On Ethics and Politics in the Later Foucault  
Daniel W Conway
Pas de deux
Habermas and Foucault in Genealogical Communication  
James Tully
To Think and Act Differently
Foucault's Four Reciprocal Objections to Habermas' Theory  
Samantha Ashenden
Questions of Criticism
Habermas and Foucault on Civil Society and Resistance  
Mitchell Dean
Normalizing Democracy
Foucault and Habermas on Democracy, Liberalism and Law  
Simon Thompson
The Agony and the Ecstasy
Foucault, Habermas and the Problem of Recognition  

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