what about capitalism? jürgen habermas’s project of a european democracy
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Book reviewed: The Lure of Technocracy Jürgen Habermas’s, trans. Ciaran Cronin (Cambridge: Polity, 2015), 176 pp., ISBN: 978-0745686813
The book to be reviewed here – The Lure of Technocracy – is Jürgen Habermas’s latest statement on Europe, its crisis, its politics and its prospects. It is the English translation – a remarkably good one – of Im Sog der Technokratie (Habermas, 2013). The German original came out as Volume XII of Kleine politische Schriften, a series that dates back to 1980 and which, according to Habermas (2013:10), it is to conclude. The twelve volumes, all of them collections of occasional papers, interviews and public lectures produced alongside Habermas’s main works, have long become an object of wide admiration, in Germany and beyond, for their unique combination of political activism, profound scholarship and, not least, brilliant essayistic prose, and they can already now claim a prominent place in the political and cultural history of postwar Germany. The Lure...
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