Introduction
Modernity, welfare state and Eutopia
in Habermas and European integration
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book engages with Jürgen Habermas's thought as a totality, though attention is focussed on themes such as communicative rationality that began to surface in the 1970s. Motifs of social and cultural modernity recur in Habermas's journalism. In the case of social modernity, suggestions of 'juridification', the legal consolidation of successive stages of social evolution, surfaced repeatedly in relation to both the nation-state and European Union (EU). In terms of cultural modernity, a recurrent feature of Habermas's journalism has been the critique of neoconservatism. The book utilizes concepts derived from the accounts of social and cultural modernity to analyse empirical data collected against the background of the Constitutional Convention.

Habermas and European integration

Social and cultural modernity beyond the nation-state

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