Habermas and the Other Side of Modernity

  • F Merawi
Keywords: Modernity, Communicative Action, Communicative Rationality


This essay tries to critique the concept of modernity through a discussion of Jürgen Habermas’ communicative rationality and modernity as an unfinished project. Habermas tried to defend modernity conceived as communicative rationality by strengthening everyday communicative action against the instrumental rationality of the economy and the state. After considering the insights of transmodernist, African, feminist and intercultural thinkers on modernity, I will try to show how the conventional understanding of modernity as progressive and reflective fails to fully address issues of otherness and domination.

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