Jürgen Habermas was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 1929. He is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading intellectuals. A sociologist and philosopher by training, Habermas leads the second generation of critical theorists, picking up where the Frankfurt School left off. In a 1981 article published in the New German Critique entitled Modernity versus Postmodernity , Habermas asks the question that drives his theoretical agenda: “Should we try to hold on to the intentions of the enlightenment, feeble as they may be, or should we declare the entire project of modernity a lost cause?” (p. 9). Later in the article, Habermas states, “The project of modernity has not yet been fulﬁ lled” (p. 12). Note that Habermas refers to enlightenment reason and modernity as a project . Enlightenment reason has emancipatory potential, promoting a deeper understanding of the world and of the self, moral progress, the justice of institutions, and even the happiness of human beings (Habermas 1981). Yet, the 20th century has shattered this optimism. So here is the question: can the potential of enlightenment reason be reignited?
|Title of host publication||Canonical Authors in Consumption Theory|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Dec 2017|
|MoE publication type||A3 Part of a book or another research book|