Stefan Collini on Habermas and the public sphere

by Postwoman

No truer words were spoken on Habermas’s famous argument and its use in the U.S academia.

“The extensive literature in English that has grown up around Habermas’s notion of ‘the public sphere’ has perhaps been primarily notable as an illustration of the pitfalls involved in taking a phrase out of one very particular conceptual scheme and intellectual idiom, processing it through a kind of academic equivalent of Ellis Island, and then leaving it to make its fortune in the competitive market of American academic discourse” (Collini 2006, p 55-56).