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India, Habermas and the Normative Structure of Public Sphere

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ISBN 9781032370996
May 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
144 Pages

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Book Description

The book examines how the contemporary Indian situation poses a strict theoretical challenge to Habermas’s theorization of the public sphere and employs the method of samvāda to critically analyze and dissect its universalist claims. It invites the reader to consider the possibility of imagining a normative Indian public sphere that is embedded in the Indian context—in a native and not nativist sense—to get past the derivative language of philosophical and political discourses prevalent within Indian academia. The book proposes that the dynamic cooperative space between Indian political theory and contemporary Indian philosophy is effectively suited to theorize the native idea of the Indian public sphere. It underlines the normative need for a natively theorized Indian public sphere to further the multilayered democratization of public spheres within diverse communities that constitute Indian society.

The book will be a key read for contemporary studies in philosophy, political theory, sociology, postcolonial theory, history, and media and communication studies.


Table of Contents

1. Indian Political Theory and the Search for a Normative Public Sphere 2. The Idea of Public Sphere in Habermas 3. Indian Engagements with Habermas: Why Public Sphere? 4. The Indian Situation as an Exception to Habermas 5. Deuniversal Rationality and the Imagined Indian Public Sphere

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Muzaffar Ali is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India.  He briefly taught at the Hindu College, University of Delhi (2016). His focus in research and teaching is on social and political philosophy and contemporary Indian philosophy with an emphasis on the idea of the public sphere and its normative implications. He has been a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) scholar and has published in international journals of repute such as the Economic and Political WeeklyJICPRSophia, Culture and Dialogue, and Journal of World Philosophies. Apart from journal publications, he has co-edited a volume The Imbecile's Guide to Public Philosophy (2021) which has been published by Routledge.