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The opinion system : impasses of the public sphere from Hobbes to Habermas / Kirk Wetters
Bib ID 4545470
Format BookBook
Author
Wetters, Kirk
 
Description Ashland, Ohio : Fordham University Press ; London : Eurospan [distributor], 2008 
xvi, 292 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9780823229888
0823229882
Summary

"This book revises the concept of the public sphere by examining opinion as a foundational concept of modernity. Indispensable to ideas like "public opinion" and "freedom of opinion," opinion - though often held in dubious repute - here assumes a central position in modern philosophy, literature, sociology, and political theory. Kirk Wetters focuses on interpretive shifts begun in the Enlightenment and cemented by the French Revolution to restore the concept of "opinion" to a central role in our understanding of the political public sphere."

"Addressing an intriguing range of thinkers, some little known to an American readership, Wetters argues that the transformations wrought by opinion are resisted by literary language, which opposes the rigid formalism that compels individuals to identify with their opinions. Rather than forcing thought to bind itself to stable opinions, modern literary forms seek to suspend this moment of closure, so that held opinions do not bring all deliberative processes to a standstill."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Manifestations of the public sphere in Christoph Martin Wieland Nomos, Gnomae (the council of war)
  • Representation and opinion (Koselleck, Habermas, Derrida)
  • Politics and belief (the parable of the sower)
  • The opinion system and the re-formation of the individual (Hobbes, Locke, Mendelssohn, Fichte, and Goethe)
  • Lichtenberg's opinions-system (Meinungen-system)
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Public opinion.  |  Opinion (Philosophy)

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