Habermas: Autonomy and Solidarity

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Habermas: Autonomy and Solidarity

Edited by Peter Dews
Schocken Books, 1986
220 pp. $27.95

A collection of (slightly repetitious) interviews with the leading German philosopher-sociologist, a critical interpreter of many traditions, himself a "radical liberal" with a special debt to democratic Marxism. He explicates his work and life, acknowledging their inseparability; the book-with a special introduction by the editor that seeks to summarize Habermas' controversial thought-also provides a commentary on the development of the Federal Republic and of the structure and spirit of the Western world generally. A short work of astounding complexity and range, analyzing immediate social reality and prevailing philosophical and social theories.

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