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The Opinion System: Impasses of the Public Sphere from Hobbes to Habermas

Kirk Wetters

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823229888
eISBN:
9780823235766
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823229888.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This book revises the concept of the public sphere by examining opinion as a foundational concept of modernity. Indispensable to ideas like “public opinion” and “freedom of opinion,” opinion, though ... More


Representation and Opinion (Koselleck, Habermas, Derrida)

Kirk Wetters

in The Opinion System: Impasses of the Public Sphere from Hobbes to Habermas

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823229888
eISBN:
9780823235766
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823229888.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter connects the works of Koselleck, Habermas, and Derrida, to present a different negotiation of the problem of opinion and representation. It reveals that it may be possible to rationalize ... More


Rousseau’s Counter-Enlightenment: Letter to d’Alembert on the Theater

Steven B. Smith

in Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300198393
eISBN:
9780300220988
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300198393.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Rousseau is the first writer to signal a radical discontent with the Enlightenment and its creation, the bourgeois. He conveys this critique most powerfully in his denunciation of modernity’s great ... More


Regimes of Historicity: Presentism and Experiences of Time

François Hartog

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163767
eISBN:
9780231538763
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163767.001.0001
Subject:
History, Historiography

This book explores crucial moments of change in society's “regimes of historicity,” or its ways of relating to the past, present, and future. Deriving inspiration from Hannah Arendt, Reinhart ... More


On Conceptual History

Jan-Werner Müller

in Rethinking Modern European Intellectual History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199769230
eISBN:
9780199388875
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199769230.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Ideas, European Modern History

The chapter briefly tells the story of how conceptual history emerged in postwar Germany as well as recent attempts to “export” conceptual history to Europe more broadly and even globally. The ... More


Weighing Our Words

David Simpson

in States of Terror: History, Theory, Literature

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226600192
eISBN:
9780226600369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226600369.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter frames the question of terror in relation to critical philology and concept history, briefly summarizing recent usages of the term in the early twenty-first century (after 9/11) in ... More


The Semantics of Conceptual Change: The Emergence of the Concept of Emancipation

María Pía Lara

in The Disclosure of Politics: Struggles Over the Semantics of Secularization

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231162807
eISBN:
9780231535045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231162807.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter focuses on conceptual history and on innovation in political theory. The first section analyzes how, in their genealogical accounts, Hannah Arendt and Reinhart Koselleck connected ... More


Reinhart Koselleck’s Model of Secularization: The Enlightenment as Problematic

María Pía Lara

in The Disclosure of Politics: Struggles Over the Semantics of Secularization

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231162807
eISBN:
9780231535045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231162807.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter focuses on Reinhart Koselleck's largely negative assessment of the ways in which the problem of politics versus morality has been addressed in Enlightenment thought. Koselleck has ... More


Crisis and Critique: The Relation between Social and Political Theory

in Discourse and Knowledge: The Making of Enlightenment Sociology

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238058
eISBN:
9781846312960
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238058.003.0012
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses the sense in which sociology can be said to be a critique of modernity and considers the relationship between social theory and political theory. It reviews the analysis of ... More


Rise and Fall of the Sattelzeit: The Geschichtliche Grundbegriffe and the Temporality of Totalitarianism and Genocide

Anson Rabinbach

in Power and Time: Temporalities in Conflict and the Making of History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226481623
eISBN:
9780226706016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226706016.003.0004
Subject:
History, Historiography

In this essay, I propose investigating Reinhart Koselleck's work, and specifically the Geschichtliche Grundbegriffe, with an emphasis on what seems to me its most glaring absence: political concepts ... More


Concept

Étienne Balibar

in Thinking with Balibar: A Lexicon of Conceptual Practice

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780823288519
eISBN:
9780823290482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823288519.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Distinguishes between discussing the scientificity, the discursivity, the historicity, and the politicality of concepts. Focusing on the last of these, offers a way of moving to and past the limit of ... More


Solidarity

Gary Wilder

in Thinking with Balibar: A Lexicon of Conceptual Practice

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780823288519
eISBN:
9780823290482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823288519.003.0016
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Identifies one thread running through Balibar’s career: the question of how, in the absence of the certainties provided by universal history, mechanical materialism, class essentialism, ethnic unity, ... More


Introduction

Donald Bloxham

in Why History?: A History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780198858720
eISBN:
9780191890840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198858720.003.0001
Subject:
History, Historiography, History of Ideas

The introduction sets the book in the context of relevant historiographical debates and related works. In particular it addresses, with a view to problematizing, orthodoxies about the extent to which ... More


Hope, Telos, Xenos: Beyond Constituent Power

Zoran Oklopcic

in Beyond the People: Social Imaginary and Constituent Imagination

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198799092
eISBN:
9780191839573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198799092.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

Rather than repudiating the proposition that the people is the bearer of constituent power, Chapter 4 moves beyond it in five ways: (1) by recuperating a commonsensical understanding of the moment of ... More


Historicism, Temporalization, and Romantic Prophecy in Percy Shelley’s Hellas

Christopher Bundock

in Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770–1845

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199687084
eISBN:
9780191766992
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687084.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Using Reinhart Koselleck’s twin concepts of ‘space of experience’ and ‘horizon of expectations’, and drawing simultaneously on Maurice Blanchot’s understanding of prophecy as a prediction of the ... More


Introduction: Appropriating Hobbes in Contexts

David Boucher

in Appropriating Hobbes: Legacies in Political, Legal, and International Thought

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780198817215
eISBN:
9780191858741
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198817215.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The introduction contends that text and context are inseparable and that Hobbes takes on the character and persona of those who appropriate him for purposes of exploitation, or denigration. It begins ... More


Past and Present: The Virtues of Anachronism

Judith Pollmann

in Memory in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198797555
eISBN:
9780191838996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198797555.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

Many scholars have argued that modernity and modern memory became possible only once people in the West gave up on a much older, pre-modern and anachronistic way of thinking about the past, which ... More


Flying toward Futurity: Spectacularity and Suspension

Juliette Cherbuliez

in In the Wake of Medea: Neoclassical Theater and the Arts of Destruction

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780823287826
eISBN:
9780823290345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823287826.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Corneille’s 1660 prequel to 1634’s Médée, La Conquête de la Toison d’Or is usually dismissed as political propaganda. Instead, this chapter considers the play’s technological innovations as part of ... More


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