Habermas on Foucault. Critical remarks

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The relation between the œuvres of Jurgen Habermas and Michel Foucault constitutes an important reference point to several aspects of contemporary social research and philosophical discussion. In this paper I give an account of Habermas's critique of Foucault, a critique which operates on three levels-methodology, empirical descriptions, and political implications. I also make some commentaries on the critique, where I propose that Habermas and Foucault work within different ensembles of theories, concepts and discourses. This means, consequently, that on several occasions Habermas's critique is confusing and misses the point.

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  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

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  • Foucault, Habermas, critique, theory, methodology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-308
JournalActa Sociologica
Volume34
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes