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Jürgen Habermas

This Too a History of Philosophy

Two Volumes
Jürgen Habermas
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Jürgen Habermas was born on 18 June 1929 in Düsseldorf. He has taught at the universities of Heidelberg and Frankfurt as well as at the University of California, Berkeley, among others. He is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates and awards. In 2001 he was awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

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Volume 1: The Occidental Constellation of Faith and Knowledge
Volume 2: Rational Liberty. Traces of the Discourse on Faith and Knowledge



90th birthday of Jürgen Habermas on June 18, 2019

»What can an appropriate understanding of the function of philosophy be today?«

 

»I am moved by the question of what will remain of philosophy once it no longer attempts to contribute to a rational explanation of our understanding of self and the world.«

About

The new book by Jürgen Habermas is also a history of philosophy. Employing a genealogical style it examines how today’s dominant forms of western post-metaphysical thought came into being. Using the discourse on faith and knowledge, which emerged from out of two strong axial-period traditions in the Roman Empire, as a guide, Habermas traces how philosophy successively disengaged itself from its symbiosis with religion and became secularised.

From a systematic perspective and in great detail he presents the decisive conflicts, lessons learned, and turning points, as well as their accompanying transformations in science, law, politics, and society. The new book from Jürgen Habermas, however, is not only a history of philosophy. It is also a reflection on the function of a philosophy that adheres to the rational liberty of communicatively socialized subjects: it should explain »what our growing scientific knowledge of the world means for us – for us as human beings, as modern contemporaries, and as individuals«.

Praise

»Transcending one’s own former limits in that way and presenting a work of the highest argumentative density, the greatest wealth of ideas and internal consistency deserves admiration and unrestrained appreciation.« Hans Joas, Süddeutsche Zeitung

»The sheer size of this work commands admiration: two volumes, 1,700 pages in total. Yet, even more astounding is the unabated, exciting curiosity speaking from the work: curiosity for the history of philosophy in the Western world and the erudition it inspired. And possibly even more impressive is the systematic interest of the philosopher Jürgen Habermas, who is ninety years old by now.« Otfried Höffe, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

»The amount of substance Habermas has processed is immense.« Jürgen Kaube, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»In light of the renaissance of religions in the realm of the political and the resurgence of metaphysics in the realm of philosophy, these thoughts of the enlightener Habermas are of enormous topicality.« Michael Hampe, DIE ZEIT

»An incredibly gripping book on reason catching up to faith but still being inspired by it.« Mark Siemons, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

»On tremendous 1,700 pages, and with the palpable pleasure of delving into the richness of philosophical movements, Habermas reconstructs how ideas about equality and inequality, good and evil, justice and injustice, about reason and irratonality have formed since Antiquity.« Regina Kreide, Der Tagesspiegel

»This is potentially Jürgen Habermas‘ last great work, a last word on his own account, a recpaitulation. It's important, complex and demanding, just as The Theory of Communicative Action once was, and it reveals again the fascinating universe of stupendous learning and astute thinking. […] Breathtaking.« Jörg Später, taz. die tageszeitung

»Habermas makes the reader feel as though they were taking part in a debate that has been going on for millennia [...]« Arno Widmann, Frankfurter Rundschau

»At ninety years of age, Jürgen Habermas presents a monumental history of philosophy.« Deutschlandfunk Kultur

»Just after his 90th birthday, Jürgen Habermas publishes an extensive panorama of philosophy and retraces how the discipline has disengaged itself from its symbiosis with religion and successfully secularised itself. The German philosopher works out the crucial conflicts and grippingly illuminates how philosophy ultimately devoted itself to freedom.« ZDF

Other publications

Im Sog der Technokratie/The Lure of Technocracy (2013)

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Nachmetaphysisches Denken II/Post-Metaphysical Thinking II (2012)

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Zur Verfassung Europas/On Europe's Constitution (2011)

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Philosophische Texte/Collected Philosophical Essays in Five Volumes (2009)

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Ach, Europa/Ach, Europa (2008)

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Zwischen Naturalismus und Religion/Between Naturalism and Religion (2005)

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Der gespaltene Westen/The Divided West (2004)

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Nachmetaphysisches Denken/Post-Metaphysical Thinking (1992)

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