Habermas, Modernity and Law, edited by Mathieu Deflem (Sage, 1996)

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Sage Publications, 1996. ISBN 0761951369 (hardback) 0761951377 (paper)
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"For those who would rather read about Habermas than read Habermas, this is your book... Habermas, Modernity and Law is therefore a very useful volume which should encourage potential readers of Habermas to take the plunge and engage their minds with his work..."
—Katherine Beaty Chiste, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.


The work of Jürgen Habermas has long been regarded as central to the development of social and political theory and philosophy in the late twentieth century. With the publication of his latest book Between Facts and Norms, Habermas signalled the importance of exploring modern legal theory to our understanding of democratic society.

The contributors to Habermas, Modernity and Law provide a clear introduction to this key development in Habermas's work. With chapters ranging from the possibility of valid law to discourse ethics and human rights, they successfully integrate a broad range of Habermas's writings with his recent thoughts on the place of the law in contemporary theory. Habermas himself contributes a postscript to Between Facts and Norms, providing a fascinating overview of his current thinking. This book will be useful for academics and students in philosophy and social, legal, and political theory.


Mathieu Deflem
Introduction: Law in Habermas's Theory of Communicative Action [online].

David M Rasmussen
How Is Valid Law Possible? A Review of Between Facts and Norms by Jürgen Habermas

Pierre Guibentif
Approaching the Production of Law through Habermas's Concept of Communicative Action

Peter Bal
Discourse Ethics and Human Rights in Criminal Procedure

Bernhard Peters
On Reconstructive Legal and Political Theory

Jürgen Habermas
Postscript to Between Facts and Norms

Mathieu Deflem
Habermas, Modernity and Law: A Bibliography


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