Habermas and European integration: With a new preface

December 10, 2020
Habermas and European integration: With a new preface

German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has written extensively onthe European Union. This is the only in-depth account of hisproject. Published now in paperback to coincide with thecelebration of his ninetieth birthday, a new preface considersHabermas’s writings on the eurozone and refugee crises, populismand Brexit, and the presidency of Emmanuel Macron.Placing an emphasis on the conception of the EU that informsHabermas’s political prescriptions, the book is divided into twomain parts. The first considers the unfolding of 'social modernity'at the level of the EU. Among the subjects covered are Habermas'sconcept of juridification, the latter's affinities with integrationtheories such as neofunctionalism, and the application ofHabermas's democratic theory to the EU. The second part addresses'cultural modernity' in Europe – 'Europessimism' is argued to be asubset of the broader cultural pessimism that assailed the projectof modernity in the late twentieth century, and with renewedintensity in the years since 9/11.