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CONTENTS Acknowledgements 1 Introduction: The Plight of the Public Sphere The Market as the New Imaginary Rescuing the Public Sphere A Critical Theory for our Times? 2 The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere The Rise of the Bourgeois Public Sphere The Question of Normativity Structural Transformation A Glimmer of Hope Insights of the Feminist Critics Recharging the Public Sphere with Contemporary Relevance 3 The Theory of Communicative Action Redoing the Normative Foundations Redoing the Sociology The Theory of Communicative Action Old Problems of a New Critical Theory 4 Discourse Ethics and the Normative Justification Of Tolerance An Ethics of and for Modernity Re-working the Tolerance Principle Surviving the Contextualist Critique? Reviewing the Search for Normative Justification 5 A Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy Immanently Critical Potentials of Liberal Democracies Reconstructing the Public Sphere Reconciliation with Liberal Democratic Realities? The Hidden Republican? 6 Globalizing the Public Sphere Building a Cosmopolitan Democratic Politics Normative Underpinnings of a Global Public Terrorism and the Limits of a Global Public 7 The Utopian Energies of a Radical Reformist Utopianism and the Ambivalent Potentials of Modernity Choosing the Future from the Present The creativity of Radical Reformism 8 Romantic and Enlightenment Legacies: The Post-Modern Critics Romanticising Democracy: Carl Schmitt and Beyond Democracy as Reasonable Consensus Negotiating Tensions Between Romanticism and Enlightenment 9 Distorted Communications: Habermas and Feminism Feminist Complaints/Habermasian Responses The Ambiguities of Feminism 10 Conclusion
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