Habermas y Foucault: ¿pensadores de la sociedad civil? (Habermas and Foucault: Thinkers for Civil Society?)

Revista de Estudios Políticos, No. 104, pp. 61-86 (1999). Spanish translation by A. Elvira.

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Bent Flyvbjerg

University of Oxford - Said Business School

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Date Written: April 1, 1999

Abstract

Considerados conjuntamente, los trabajos de Jürgen Habermas y de Michel Foucault subrayan una esencial tensión en la modernidad. Ésta es la tensión entre lo normative y lo real, entre lo que debería hacerse y lo que se ha hecho. Comprender esta tensión es crucial para entender la democracia moderna* lo que es y lo que podría ser. Se ha argumentado que un modo efectivo de hacer más fuerte la democracia es fortalecer la sociedad civil. Este artículo contiene un análisis comparativo de las ideas centrales de Habermas y Foucault, de cómo abordan ellos la cuestión de la democracia y de la sociedad civil. Más específicamente, el discurso ético de Habermas se contrasta con el poder analítico y ético de Foucault evaluando su utilidad para aquellos interesados en comprender, y efectuar, el cambio democrático-social.

Taken together, the works of Jurgen Habermas and Michel Foucault highlight an essential tension in modernity. This is the tension between the normative and the real, between what should be done and what is actually done. Understanding this tension is crucial to understanding modern democracy, what it is and what it could be. It has been argued that an effective way of making democracy stronger is to strengthen civil society. This article contains a comparative analysis of the central ideas of Habermas and Foucault as they pertain to the question of democracy and civil society. More specifically, the discourse ethics of Habermas is contrasted with the power analytics and ethics of Foucault evaluating their usefulness for those interested in understanding, and bringing about, democratic social change.

The English version of this article can be found at: http://www.ssrn.com/abstract=2237923

Note: Downloadable document is in Spanish.

Suggested Citation

Flyvbjerg, Bent, Habermas y Foucault: ¿pensadores de la sociedad civil? (Habermas and Foucault: Thinkers for Civil Society?) (April 1, 1999). Revista de Estudios Políticos, No. 104, pp. 61-86 (1999). Spanish translation by A. Elvira.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2278394

Bent Flyvbjerg (Contact Author)

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