The Divided West
By (author) Jurgen Habermas
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Divided West by Jurgen Habermas
Book DescriptionMake no mistake, the normative authority of the United States of America lies in ruins. Such is the judgment of the most influential thinker in Europe today reflecting on the political repercussions of the war in Iraq. The decision to go to war in Iraq, without the explicit backing of a Security Council Resolution, opened up a deep fissure in the West which continues to divide erstwhile allies and to hinder the attempt to develop a coordinated response to the new threats posed by international terrorism. In this timely and important volume, Jurgen Habermas responds to the dramatic political events of the period since September 11, 2001, and maps out a way to move the political agenda forward, beyond the acrimonious debates that have pitched opponents of the war against the Bush Administration and its coalition of the willing. What is fundamentally at stake, argues Habermas, is the Kantian project of overcoming the state of nature between states through the constitutionalization of international law. Habermas develops a detailed multidimensional model of transnational and supranational governance inspired by Kantian cosmopolitanism, situates it in the context of the evolution of international law toward a cosmopolitan constitutional order during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and defends it against the new challenge posed by the hegemonic liberal vision underlying the aggressive unilateralism of the current US administration. The Divided West is a major intervention by one of the most highly regarded political thinkers of our time. It will be essential reading for students of sociology, politics, international relations, and international law, and it will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the current and future course of European and international politics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745635187
(223mm x 145mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 16-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jurgen Habermas
Lure of Technocracy, Paperback (February 2015)
Over the past 25 years, Jurgen Habermas has presented what is arguably the most coherent and wide-ranging defence of the project of European unification and of parallel developments towards a politically integrated world society.
Crisis of the European Union, Paperback (September 2013)
Translated by Ciaran Cronin. In the midst of the current crisis that is threatening to derail the historical project of European unification, Jurgen Habermas has been one of the most perceptive critics of the ineffectual and evasive responses to the global financial crisis, especially by the German political class.
Philosophical-Political Profiles, Paperback (November 2012)View all books by Jurgen Habermas
"At the hands of a minor talent, profiles are often flat, two-dimensional outlines of a thinker s intellectual physiognomy. At the hands of a master like Jurgen Habermas, they can become something far more substantial and profound.
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Author Biography - Jurgen Habermas
Jurgen Habermas is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Frankfurt.
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