Does a global economy render the traditional nation--state obsolete? Does globalization threaten democratic life, or offer
it new forms of expression? What are the implications of globalization for our understanding of politics and of national and
cultural identities? In The Postnational Constellation, the leading German philosopher and social theorist J?rgen Habermas
addresses these and other questions. He explores topics such as the historical and political origins of national identity,
the catastrophes and achievements of "the long twentieth century," the future of democracy in the wake of the era of the nation--state,
the moral and political challenges facing the European Union, and the status of global human rights in the ongoing debate
on the sources of cultural identity. In their scope, critical insight, and argumentative clarity, the essays in The Postnational
Constellation present a powerful vision of the contemporary political scene and of the challenges and opportunities we face
in the new millennium. Those unfamiliar with Habermasa s theoretical work will find in this volume a lucid and engaging introduction
to one of the worlda s most influential thinkers.
For readers familiar with Habermasa s writings, The Postnational Constellation
provides an invaluable application of his social and political theories to current political realities.