Habermas by Matthew Specter Pdf

Habermas by Matthew Specter Pdf

Download Habermas by Matthew Specter Pdf book free online. Jürgen Habermas, a major philosopher and social critic in postwar Germany, is followed in this book through four decades of political and constitutional conflict over the makeup of liberal democracy in that country. Major West German political events, such as the failure to de-Nazify the judiciary, the emergence of a strong Constitutional Court, student uprisings in the late 1960s, the shifting fortunes of the Social Democratic Party.

NATO’s decision to station nuclear weapons, and the unexpected collapse of East Germany, had a significant impact on Habermas’s most influential theories of the public sphere, communicative action, and modernity. In turn, the progressive liberal-democratic model of government that Habermas advanced in his writings on the state, law, and constitution significantly influenced German political thinking and culture. Matthew Specter illuminates the interaction between the thinker and his culture in a distinctive way.

About the Author

I currently teach Legal Studies and Political Economy at UC Berkeley, where I am also an Associate Editor for the journal History & Theory. My areas of specialization include contemporary social, political, and cultural theory as well as German history from the 20th century and modern European intellectual history. I was once an Associate Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University from 2008 to 2017, and from 2017 to 2018 I served as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for European Studies at UC Berkeley. I am still a member of the Institute’s associate faculty. I have received grants from the American Council on Germany, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the International Center for Research in Cultural Studies in Vienna, and Connecticut State University’s top award for research success.

I have taught at Duke, Stanford, George Mason University, and Santa Clara University. I have a PhD in contemporary European history from Duke University. I have held visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt, the Institute for the Human Sciences in Vienna, Wesleyan University’s Center for Humanities, and Duke University’s Center for International and Global Studies. My first book, an intellectual biography of Jurgen Habermas, the most significant living philosopher in Europe, was reviewed in The New Republic as well as the top academic publications for history and political theory. It has also been translated into Spanish and Turkish. The LA Review of Books, Harvard International Review, Human Rights Review, German Politics and Society, Modern Intellectual History, History and Theory, Constellations, the Journal of Modern History, and Central European History are among the publications where I have had articles and reviews published.

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