Jürgen Habermas Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


Bauman, Zygmunt. "The Adventure of Modernity." Times Literary Supplement, No. 4376 (13 February 1987): 155.

Favorably reviews Autonomy and Solidarity, identifying Habermas's work as "a staunch and resolute defence of the essential values and ambitions of modernity."

McCarthy, Thomas. "Kantian Constuctivism and Reconstructivism: Rawls and Habermas in Dialogue." Ethics 105, No. 1 (October 1994): 44-63.

Dialectical comparison of John Rawl's theory of justice and Habermas's moral and political theory.

Poster, Mark. "Postmodernity and the Politics of Multiculturalism: The Lyotard-Habermas Debate over Social Theory." Modern Fiction Studies 38, No. 3 (Autumn 1992): 567-80.

Discusses the pros and cons of "Habermassian universalism … and postmodernist differentialism."

Rosenfeld, Michael. "Law as Discourse: Bridging the Gap between Democracy and Rights." Harvard Law Review 108, No. 5 (March 1995): 1163-189.

Contextualizes Habermas's discourse theory of law within contemporary legal, moral, and political philosophy. Rosenfeld investigates how theory relates democracy to rights, both ideally as a paradigm and practically as the role of judicial review in a constitutional democracy.

Review of The Past as Future. Social Forces 73, No. 3 (March 1995): 1191.

States that "the book ably emphasizes the remarkable breadth of Habermas's concerns and the contemporary relevance of his thought."

"From Historicism to Marxist Humanism." Times Literary Supplement, No. 3510 (5 June 1969): 597-600.

Overview of Habermas's early works—Theory and Practice, Knowledge and Human Interests, and On the Logic of the Social Sciences—situated in the context of mid-century German thought.