A Critique of the Crisis of Modernity in Jurgen Habermas's Political Philosophy


  • Victor Ogheneochuko Jeko Department of Philosophy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria


Communicative Action, Modernity, Political Philosophy, Commincative Rationality, Society


Habermas's conception of modernity reflected the problem of global insecurity. He advocates for radical democracy by laying so much emphasis on political participation and public debate. Thus, he believes that democratic citizens ought to participate in the government decision-making process. His Enlightenment democratic vision is aimed at addressing the phenomenon of free and open communication, freedom and equality for all. Habermas argued that contemporary democratic/liberal States have failed. Habermas's political philosophy is aimed at addressing the systemic failure of society and modernity. The purpose of this paper is to criticise Habermas's thought on the crisis of modernity. Though Habermas's political philosophy is essentially on the promotion of human rights, normative peace and global order, his views on political philosophy is somewhat idiosyncratic and Eurocentric. This paper adopts the analytical framework in explaining Habermas's notion of modernity and society. The paper concludes that Habermas's conception of modernity is insufficient to grapple with the complexities of our contemporary times.


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