By Gregg Daniel Miller

Excavates the experiential constitution of Habermas’s communicative action.

Complicating the traditional interpretation of Habermas as a proceduralist, Mimesis and cause uncovers the function that mimesis, or imitation, performs as a really political strength in communicative motion. via a penetrating exam of Habermas’s use of subject matters and ideas from Plato, George Herbert Mead, and Walter Benjamin, Gregg Daniel Miller reconstructs Habermas’s thought to bare a brand new, postmetaphysical articulation of cause that lays the basis for brand new instructions in political theory.

“This reconstruction of Habermas is certain to be met with hostility and should necessarily boil the blood of any card-carrying Habermasian … the booklet is a hugely unique addition to the transforming into physique of literature that recognises the brilliance of Habermas, but seeks to maneuver prior perceived difficulties or tensions inside of features of his concept … This ebook may still liven up debate in regards to the way forward for serious concept, and extra in particular its courting with aesthetic theory.” — Political reports Review

“Moving past the deadlock of mimesis as opposed to communicative rationality, an alternate that pitted Adorno opposed to Habermas, Gregg Daniel Miller opens up a brand new vista within the carrying on with attempt to strengthen a practicable serious concept for the twenty-first century. Drawing at the insights of Mead and Benjamin, he imaginatively and persuasively establishes some extent d’appui for rational critique that extends well past wan proceduralism with out regressing to a discredited metaphysics. the result's a impressive first e-book, that is much less concerning the prior of serious concept than its future.” — Martin Jay, Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of background, college of California, Berkeley

Gregg Daniel Miller is Lecturer on the collage of Washington.

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