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By Jürgen Habermas

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2009
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The way forward for Europe and the position it's going to play within the twenty first century are one of the most vital political questions of our time. The optimism of a decade in the past has now light however the stakes are greater than ever. the best way those questions are spoke back may have huge, immense implications not just for all Europeans but additionally for the electorate of Europe's closest and oldest best friend - the USA.In this new publication, considered one of Europe's major intellectuals examines the political possible choices dealing with Europe at the present time and descriptions a plan of action for the long run. Habermas advocates a coverage of sluggish integration of Europe during which key judgements approximately Europe's destiny are installed the palms of its peoples, and a "bipolar commonality" of the West during which a extra unified Europe is ready to paintings heavily with the U.S. to construct a extra strong and equitable foreign order.

This booklet contains Habermas's photos of 3 long-time philosophical partners, Richard Rorty, Jacques Derrida and Ronald Dworkin. it is also a number of vital new texts through Habermas at the effect of the media at the public sphere, at the enduring value faith in "post-secular" societies, and at the layout of a democratic constitutional order for the emergent global society.

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At this point a methodological distinction is important, which I can explain by referring to the famous social theorist in whose name Ronald Dworkin is being honored here tonight. Niklas Luhmann describes the legal system from the distance of a sociological observer, and includes the selfdescription of the lawyer and the legal theorist in his own detached description. Dworkin, by contrast, develops his theory of law from the perspective of the participants who, in cases of conflict, seek and pass judgments in accordance with what the law demands.

In his book Law’s Empire published in 1986, Dworkin develops this ingenious idea of a constructive interpretation of law guided by principles under the ambiguous heading of ‘integrity’. Here Dworkin not only wants to bring hermeneutic insights to bear against a false algorithmic model of the application of law. He is not only concerned with a holistic view of the coherence of the legal order that judges must create in casu. 1 That is the case wherever rights are ‘taken seriously’, namely in the constitutional state which enacts human rights as positive basic rights.

On the other hand, a judge cannot take his cue from binding statutes and precedents alone; he must also take into account standards which are convincing – also for himself – in the present. The administration of justice would collapse without the intersubjectively shared presupposition that 40 RONALD DWORKIN a case before the courts has a good chance of being decided ‘correctly’. How can the judge bring this reference to moral convictions in the present into harmony with the backward-looking reference to the body of established law?

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