The Public Interest

The Habermas Phenomenon

Mark Blitz

Spring 1983

JURGEN HABERMAS is the “dominant figure on the intellectual scene in Germany today,” Thomas McCarthy tells us, and this is arguably so. His American and British influence is now limited to a small constituency of sociologists and philosophers with leftwing and sometimes radical politics. But his influence will grow, both because his work is serious, if flawed, and because it satisfies an important yearning in the contemporary academy. 


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