Habermas. The 82-year old philosopher “is no malcontent, no pessimist, no prophet of doom—he’s a virtually unshakable optimist, and this is what makes him such a rare phenomenon in Germany,” wrote Georg Diez of Der Spiegel.
“I’m speaking here as a citizen,” he says. “I would rather be sitting back home at my desk, believe me. But this is too important. Everyone has to understand that we have critical decisions facing us. That’s why I’m so involved in this debate.”