Discourse and Democracy

Essays on Habermas's Between Facts and Norms

Edited by Rene von Schomberg & Kenneth Baynes

Subjects: Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Social and Political Thought
Paperback : 9780791454985, 277 pages, October 2002
Hardcover : 9780791454978, 277 pages, October 2002

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Table of contents



I. Initial Assessments of Between Facts and Norms

1. Deliberative Democracy and the Limits of Liberalism
Kenneth Baynes

2. Discourse and Democracy: The Formal and Informal Bases of Legitimacy in Between Facts and Norms
William Rehg and James Bohman

3. Between Radicalism and Resignation: Democratic Theory in Habermas's Between Facts and Norms
William E. Scheuerman

II. Historical and Comparative Perspectives

4. Liberties and Popular Sovereignty: On Habermas's Reconstruction of the System of Rights
Ingeborg Maus

5. Habermas, Hegel, and the Concept of Law
Andrew Buchwalter

6. Rawls and Habermas
Hauke Brunkhorst

III. Further Assessments and Wider Implications

7. Law, Solidarity, and the Tasks of Philosophy
Peter Dews

8. Rational Politics? An Exploration of the Fruitfulness of the Discursive Concept of Democracy
Geert Munnichs

9. The Disappearance of Discourse Ethics in Habermas's Between Facts and Norms
Matthias Kettner

10. The Erosion of Our Value Spheres: The Ways in which Society Copes with Scientific, Moral, and Ethical Uncertainty
René von Schomberg

IV. Interview

11. A Conversation about Questions of Political Theory
Jürgen Habermas



Examines issues in legal and democratic theory found in the work of Jürgen Habermas.


Discourse and Democracy offers a variety of perspectives by an international group of scholars on Jürgen Habermas's Between Facts and Norms. The collection presents not just a summary of Habermas's own views, but locates him with respect to modern and contemporary moral, political, and legal theory. The result is a volume useful to those first approaching Habermas's thought as well as those already familiar with its general outlines.

René von Schomberg is a Research Fellow at the European Commission. He is the editor of Science, Politics, and Morality: Scientific Uncertainty and Decision Making and the coeditor, with Peter Wheale and Peter Glasner, of The Social Management of Genetic Engineering. Kenneth Baynes is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is the author of The Normative Grounds of Social Criticism: Kant, Rawls, and Habermas, also published by SUNY Press, and the coeditor, with James Bohman and Thomas McCarthy, of After Philosophy: End or Transformation?


"These essays enter deeply into Habermas's recent work, examine its demanding range of issues comprehensively, largely root his recent work in the theory of communicative action developed in the early years of the 1980s, and consistently engage Habermas at the highest level. In addition, the essays clarify many features of Habermas's work during the past twenty years that still remain obscure to even his most conscientious readers." — Morton Schoolman, author of Reason and Horror: Critical Theory, Democracy, and Aesthetic Individuality

"A very helpful guide in negotiating the intricacies of Habermasian political philosophy." — Simone Chambers, author of Reasonable Democracy: Jürgen Habermas and the Politics of Discourse