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Deconstructing Habermas

1st Edition

By Lasse Thomassen


200 pages

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This book is the first book-length deconstructive study of the political philosophy of Jürgen Habermas. Inspired by the work of Jacques Derrida, the book applies deconstruction to key issues in Habermas’s work: rational discourse and rational consensus, constitutional democracy, tolerance and civil disobedience.

The war in Iraq brought Habermas and Derrida together in defense of international law and in favor of a bigger role for a united Europe in international affairs. Yet, despite the rapprochement between Habermas and Derrida in the years prior to Derrida’s death, important differences remain between Habermas’s critical theory and Derrida’s deconstruction. These differences reflect differences between post-structuralism and critical theory and between postmodernists and the defenders of modernity.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Deconstructing Habermas 1. The Aporias of Rational Consensus 2. ‘A Bizarre, even Opaque Practice’: Constitutionalism and Democracy 3. The Inclusion of the Other?: Tolerance 4. Civil Disobedience within the Limits of Deliberative Reason Alone 5. Towards an Ethics of Discussion

About the Author

Lasse Thomassen is Lecturer in Political Theory in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the editor of Habermas: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum, 2010) and, with Lars Tønder, co-editor of Radical democracy: Politics between abundance and lack (Manchester University Press, 2005).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General