Jürgen Habermas: "Democracy in Europe"

Democracy in Europe

The German Sociologist and philosopher Jürgen Habermas was awarded the Holberg Prize in 2005. He is broadly recognized as one of the greatest thinkers in our time, and his work has influenced researchers within a number of disicplines for several decades.

His best known work is The Theory of Communicative Action, published in two volumes in 1981, where he develops his theories of language as the medium for social interaction, of communicative rationality and of cultural and social rationalisation in modern society. He extended the theory of communicative action in Between Facts and Norms of 1992, which provided an analysis of law and democracy. His concept of deliberative democracy has played a key role in democratic theory in recent decades.

Throughout his work, Habermas has participated actively in public debate. In recent years, he has devoted particular attention both in academic fora and as a public intellectual to issues concerning religion’s role in society and political life, and to supranational law and politics. He has not least been concerned with Europe’s future and the challenges facing the EU.

In 2014, Habermas Jürgen Habermas participated in a two-day symposium at the University of Stavanger. The emphasis at this symposium is on Habermas'work on democracy theory and above all on his thinking about post-national democracy.  The lecture on Democracy in Europe was held at the first day ot this symposium. The lecture was about the EU, and the efforts to build democracy across national frontiers.

The Holberg Anniversary Lectures 2014

As a part of the ten-year anniversary celebration of the Holberg Prize, five Laureates were invited to hold guest lectures at Norwegian Universities during fall 2014.