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Jürgen Habermas

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Jürgen Habermas was born in Düsseldorf, Germany (1929). In 1954, he earned a doctorate in philosophy from Bonn University, with a dissertation on Schelling (Das Absolute und die Geschichte. Von der Zweispältigkeit in Schellings Denken). From 1971 to 1983, he was director of the Max Planck Institute, Starnberg. From 1983 to 1993, he was Professor at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt.  He received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (1986) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; the Prince of Asturias Award in Social Sciences (2003); Kyoto Laureate in the Arts and Philosophy section (2004).

Among his works:  The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society (Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit. Untersuchungen zu einer Kategorie der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft) (1962); The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity (Der Philosophische Diskurs der Moderne: Zwölf Vorlesungen) (1985); Between Facts and Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy (Faktizität und Geltung, Beiträge zur Diskurstheorie des Rechts und des demokratischen Rechtsstaats) (1992); Between Naturalism and Religion (Zwischen Naturalismus und Religion) (2005); Europe: The Faltering Project (Ach Europa. Kleine politische Schriften XI) (2009).