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Habermas, Foucault and Nietzsche

1960s Picture of Habermas with students. Seems like a really heated discussion.
Sigh..why does this never happen in my classes?

redelephant: Was browsing through Habermasian Reflections, a pretty comprehensive blog on Jurgen Habermas's work when i came upon an article by Thomas Biebricher, which examines Habermas' interpretation of Foucault in the Philosophical Discourse of Modernity. Biebricher argues that Habermas fundamentally misunderstands the Foucaultian project of genealogy. A fairly interesting read.

According to the thesis put forward here, Habermas fundamentally misunderstands Foucault's genealogical approach in projecting the methodological maxims of the latter's earlier archaeological approach onto his genealogical writing of history. Hence, Habermas misses the unique character of Foucault's ybrid approach that blends science and literature. The reason for this misreading, as I will suggest, is Habermas's misunderstanding of Foucault's reading of Nietzsche, which is ultimately rooted in Habermas's own interpretation of Nietzschean philosophy and the concept of genealogy in particular.

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  1. * Matthew Specter says:


    I really like the photo of Habermas with students, and am currently looking for a cover photo for my forthcoming book on Habermas! Could you tell me where you found this image?!


    Matthew Specter, PhD

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 1 month ago
    • Hi Matthew!
      Thanks for the drop-by. How the author of this post functioned has always been a mystery to me. He’s been missing since 2006. I wish i could say, hey, just grab the image if it’s good for you.
      some hippie luck for your book,

      | Reply Posted 8 years ago

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