Jürgen Habermas
#107 Overall Influence

Jürgen Habermas

German sociologist and philosopher

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Why is this person notable and influential?
By Dr. Sara L. Austin

Jürgen Habermas is a German philosopher mostly associated with the influential Frankurt School in Germany, part of the Institute for Social Research, at Goethe University Frankfurt, and historically an important center for research on social theory and critical philosophy. Habermas, now 90, earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Bonn in 1954. Habermas is a famed philosopher who has taught a number of influential philosophers, including Hans Joas at the University of Chicago.

Habermas is known for his work on communicative rationality, a position that place emphasis on rationality developing out of interpersonal communication, rather than objective structures in the universe, as with traditional rationalism in philosophy. Significantly, Habermas’s theory attempts to advance the aims of human emancipation in terms of a universalism in morals. Habermas has drawn on diverse philosophical positions and schools, from the older German philosophical thought of legends like Kant to 19th century American schools such as pragmatism. Importantly, Habermas breaks with schools of thought like postmodernism, with his hope that Enlightenment rationality and science can be salvaged and developed within contemporary frameworks.

Habermas has won numerous awards throughout his long and distinguished career, including the Hegel Prize, the Sigmund Freud Prize, and the Theodor W. Adorno Award. He won the Karl Jaspers Prize in 1995, and the Viktor Frankl Award in 2011.

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Schools

What schools is this person affiliated with?
University of Marburg
University of Marburg

German university

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Heidelberg University
Heidelberg University

Public research university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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University of Zurich
University of Zurich

University in Switzerland

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University of Bonn
University of Bonn

Public research university located in Bonn, Germany

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University of Göttingen
University of Göttingen

University in the city of Göttingen, Germany

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Northwestern University
Northwestern University

Private research university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Goethe University Frankfurt
Goethe University Frankfurt

University in Frankfurt, Germany

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Notable Works

What contributions to academia has this person made?
  • The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity
  • Knowledge and Human Interests
  • Philosophy in a Time of Terror
  • Legitimation Crisis
  • A Berlin Republic
  • The Theory of Communicative Action
  • The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere
  • Between Facts and Norms
  • The Inclusion of the Other
  • Technology and Science as Ideology
  • Die Zukunft der menschlichen Natur
  • Between naturalism and religion

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this person influential?
#9 World Rank
Sociology
#39 World Rank
Philosophy