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The Opinion System: Impasses of the Public Sphere from Hobbes to Habermas

Kirk Wetters


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 sometimes held in dubious repute, here assumes a central position in modern philosophy, literature, sociology, and political theory, while being the object of extremely contradictory valuations. The book focuses on interpretative 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 ... More

Keywords: public sphere, opinion, modern philosophy, literature, sociology, political theory, Enlightenment, French Revolution, Jürgen Habermas, Reinhart Koselleck

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780823229888
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823229888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kirk Wetters, author