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Those 13 essays by means of famous philosophers and social theorists proceed a well timed party and exam of J?rgen Habermas's unfinished undertaking of reconstructing enlightenment rationality. concentrating on the cultural and political elements of Habermas's paintings, the essays soak up serious conception and political perform, the sociology of political perform, historical-philosophical reflections on tradition, ethical improvement in formative years and society, and the principles of severe social concept. Essays in a spouse volume,Philosophical Interventions in the incomplete venture of Enlightenment, examine the metaphysical elements of Habermas's paintings. jointly, the 2 volumes underscore the richness and diversity of Habermas's project.Contributors: Johann P. Amason. Andrew Arato. Seyla Benhabib. Hauke Brunkhorst. Cornelius Castoriadis. Jean Cohen. Helmut Dubiel. Klaus Eder. G?nter Frankenberg. Hans-Georg Gadamer. Axel Honneth. Johann Baptist Metz. Gertrud Nunner-Winkler. Claus Offe.

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More to the point is the reference to phenomena or events that the legal profession treats officially and simultaneously as legal and illegal, such as "workto-rule" campaigns, which may be regarded as unlawful forms of strike, or the inventions of the "enemy of the constitution faithful to the law" and the "legitimate abuse of the law"38 in the McCarthyite purge of the civil service. The critique of the binary schematism can take heart in such "impure" solutions, but it has to expect the objection that these are only marginal phenomena referring to the programming level of the legal system, which is focused on the conditions of proper operation and allows for the necessary variations.

This is a view that has been successfully defended by Bernard Williams in his Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy (1985) and by Charles Taylor in various articles (1985a, pp. 230-24 7). Second, Habermas maintains that the evolution of judgments of justice is intimately tied to the evolution of self-other 44 Seyla Benhabib relations. Judgments of justice reflect various conceptions of self-other relations, which is to say that the formation of selfidentity and moraljudgments concerning justice are intimately linked.

299ff. 6. Thus, K. Eder, "Die Autoritat der Rechts," Zeitschrift fur Rechtssoziologie (I987): I93ff. Includes a postscript on the debate on the procedural rationality of the law. 7. Cf. U. K. Preuss, "Politik aus dem Geiste des Konsenses. Zur Rechtsprechung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts," Merkur (I987): Iff. 8. For proof of this, cf. the papers in G. Briiggemeister and C. , Workshop zu Konzepten des postinteruentionistischen Rechts, ZERP Mat. 4 (Bremen, I984); G. Teubner, "Verrechtlichung-Begriffe, Merkmale, Grenzen, Auswege," in H.

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