In this timely and important volume, Jürgen Habermas
responds to the dramatic political events of the period since
September 11, 2001, and maps out a way to move the political agenda
forward, beyond the acrimonious debates that have pitched opponents
of the war against the Bush Administration and its coalition of the
willing. What is fundamentally at stake, argues Habermas, is the
Kantian project of overcoming the state of nature between states
through the constitutionalization of international law.
Habermas develops a detailed multidimensional model of
transnational and supranational governance inspired by Kantian
cosmopolitanism, situates it in the context of the evolution of
international law toward a cosmopolitan constitutional order during
the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and defends it against the
new challenge posed by the hegemonic liberal vision underlying the
aggressive unilateralism of the current US administration.
The Divided West is a major intervention by one of the most highly regarded political thinkers of our time. It will be essential reading for students of sociology, politics, international relations, and international law, and it will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the current and future course of European and international politics.
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“Ever since the end of the cold war, Habermas has been
trying to define an alternative vision of a new world order. In
this collection, he presents that vision in its most accessible and
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
“A useful introduction to Habermas's practical philosophy
in the context of some of the most pressing issues of our
Anthony J. Carroll, Heythrop Journal
“No-one articulates the 'European' ideal with greater
intellectual clarity, philosophical acumen and humanist fervour
than Jürgen Habermas. In this collection of essays and
interviews, provocatively entitled The Divided West,
Habermas makes a very candid criticism of the current US
preoccupation with power.”
S Parvez Manzoor, Muslim World Book Review
“This book is an indispensable guide to anyone seriously
interested in how to think about the complex question of terrorism.
It exposes subtle and blatant biases that characterize much
contemporary discussion of the subject and offers a judicious and
closely argued response to terrorism: ultimately the only realistic
Lord Bhikhu Parekh, University of Westminster