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Jürgen Habermas

Mentor to the 1968 radicals now in power - and especially to Joschka Fischer. Did he help them change the system or accept it?

By prospect   March 2001

Perhaps i am confusing Joschka Fischer with Jürgen Habermas,” said (then) French Interior Minister Jean-Pierre Chev?ment debating European federalism with Fischer last summer. It is an understandable confusion. If Fischer, the embattled 1968-er, has an intellectual mentor it is Habermas-the heir of the Marxist Frankfurt school and one of the most revered of living philosophers.

Both men have come a long way in the past 30 years-Fischer to the German foreign minister’s desk, Habermas to the unofficial role of philosopher-king to the Social Democrat/Green government in Berlin. And both men have charted, in their different spheres of influence, the left’s…

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