EuropeThe Faltering Project
The Faltering Project

The future of Europe and the role it will play in the 21st century are among the most important political questions of our time. The optimism of a decade ago has now faded but the stakes are higher than ever. The way these questions are answered will have enormous implications not only for all Europeans but also for the citizens of Europe’s closest and oldest ally – the USA.

In this new book, one of Europe's leading intellectuals examines the political alternatives facing Europe today and outlines a course of action for the future. Habermas advocates a policy of gradual integration of Europe in which key decisions about Europe's future are put in the hands of its peoples, and a 'bipolar commonality' of the West in which a more unified Europe is able to work closely with the United States to build a more stable and equitable international order.

This book includes Habermas's portraits of three long-time philosophical companions, Richard Rorty, Jacques Derrida and Ronald Dworkin. It also includes several important new texts by Habermas on the impact of the media on the public sphere, on the enduring importance religion in "post-secular" societies, and on the design of a democratic constitutional order for the emergent world society.

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  • July 2009
  • 192 pages
  • 148 x 224 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents

Author’s Preface

Translator’s Preface

I Portraits

1. “...And to define America, her athletic Democracy.” In Memory of Richard Rorty.

2. How to Answer the Ethical Question: Derrida and Religion

3. Ronald Dworkin – A Maverick among Legal Scholars

II. Europe, the Faltering Project

4. An Avantgardistic Intuition for Relevances: The Role of the Intellectual and European Question

5. What is Meant by a “Post-secular Society”? A Discussion on Islam in Europe

6. European Politics at an Impasse: A Plea for a Policy of Graduated Integration

7. The Constitutionalization of International Law and the Problems of Legitimating a Constitution for World Society

III. On Reason in the Public Sphere

8. Media, Markets and Consumers: The Quality Press as the Backbone of the Public Sphere

9. Political Communication in Media Society – Does Democracy still have an epistemic Dimension? The Impact of Normative Theory on Empirical Research

Afterword: Lessons of the Financial Crisis

About the Author
Jürgen Habermas is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt and one of the most influential social and political thinkers in the world today. Polity has published his most important works in English, including Between Naturalism and Religion (2008).
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"There is something refreshingly honest about Jurgen Habermas's take on the European Union ... provide[s] illuminating accesible reflections on three of Habermas's contemporaries, Ronald Dworkin, Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty... Europe, The Faltering Project is an engaging book that discusses with honesty the issues at the heart of the Lisbon Treaty and the future of the European Union."
Book of the day in theIrish Times


"Habermas's reflections on Richard Rorty, Jacques Derrida and Ronald Dworkin provide additional context for his later essays. But it is in the second and third parts of the book that Habermas shines most brightly."
European Voice

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