Habermas’ turn?

Martin Beck Matuštík

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How a thinker comes to adopt or change a view may be regarded as either a strictly theoretical or biographical issue. First, looking backward at my completed philosophical-political profile of Habermas, I elucidate how biographical methodology can yield a coherent yet dynamically evolving profile rather than a static portrait. Second, examining Habermas’ thinking after 2000, the year my published biography of him ends, I venture a biographical-philosophical hypothesis that in what appears to be Habermas’ turn after 11 September 2001, or in his decisive self-choice, he is faithful to the basic motives and core intuitions that brought him to critical theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-36
Number of pages16
JournalPhilosophy & Social Criticism
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • 9/11
  • Jürgen Habermas
  • Søren Kierkegaard
  • UN
  • biography
  • cosmopolitanism
  • critical theory
  • existentialism
  • religion
  • terror

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science


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