After Habermas: New Perspectives on the Public Sphere by Nick Crossley, John Michael Roberts

By Nick Crossley, John Michael Roberts

Critiquing Habermas, this quantity deliver clean views and ideas to undergo on debates in regards to the public sphere.Engages in several methods with J?rgen Habermas’s seminal research, The Structural Transformation of the general public Sphere. strikes past Habermas via reflecting on present social methods and occasions, reminiscent of anti-corporate protests and the emergence of the web. Considers substitute theories through Bakhtin, Bourdieu and Honneth, between others. Combines paintings by means of confirmed commentators and new researchers.

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In attempting to overcome the subjectivist tendencies of earlier monological accounts of moral reasoning, Habermas envisages a form of ethical dialogue that unfolds in an inclusive public sphere and is governed by transparent, universalistic principles. Such a sphere evinces a form of communicative rationality that acknowledges only the force of the better argument; other manifestations of power or strategic action are ruled out of court. The public sphere is ideally insulated from wider systemic conflicts over the distribution of power and resources in society, as well as the prejudices of private life (or else the latter must be translated into a shared vernacular).

1 Despite some similarities in their respective projects, the differences are much more salient. Whereas Habermas seeks to delineate sharply between particular realms of social activity and forms of discourse—between, for instance, public and private, state and public sphere, reason and non-reason, ethics and aesthetics—Bakhtin problematizes such demarcations, sees them as fluid, permeable and always contested, and alerts us to the power relations that are involved in any such exercise of boundarymaintenance.

M. Bakhtin, M. Holquist and V. Liapunov (eds). Austin: Texas University Press. Bakhtin, M. (1984a) Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics, C. ). Manchester: Manchester University Press. Bakhtin, M. (1984b) Rabelais and His World. ): The MIT Press. Bakhtin, M. (1986) Speech Genres and Other Late Essays, C. Emerson and M. Holquist (eds), Austin: Texas University Press. Bakhtin, M. (1993) Toward a Philosophy of the Act. Austin: Texas University Press. Benhabib, S. (1992) Situating the Self: Gender, Community and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics.

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