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Neil B. Miller

Habermas’ Legitimation Crisis and Critical Intellectual History

[A guest post-inquiry from Neil B. Miller, Ph.D., Independent Scholar] I am in the middle of reading the English language translation of Jürgen Habermas’ early work, Legitimation Crisis, for theoretical insights applicable to my current research into the transformations of New England print culture and the public sphere associated with the first Unitarian Controversy, an early 19th-century theological and ideological dispute between orthodox or moderate Calvinist ministers like Jedidiah Morse and Lyman Beecher, and Boston Liberals or Unitarians like William Ellery Channing and Andrews Norton. The connection between Boston’s Harvard-educated Unitarian ministry and the city’s oligarchy of intermarried mercantile and Read more