Habermas: A Critical Introduction

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Polity, 14 jul. 2009 - 240 pagina's
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This new edition of a well-regarded book provides a concise andexceptionally clear introduction to Habermas’s work, from hisearly writings on the public sphere, through his work on law andthe state, to his more recent discussion of science, religion andcontemporary Europe. Outhwaite examines all of Habermas’smajor works and steers a steady course through the many debates towhich they have given rise.

A major feature of the book is that it provides a detailedcritical analysis of Habermas’s most important work, TheTheory of Communicative Action. As well as looking atHabermas’s appraisal of figures such as Foucault and Derrida,the book also examines his resolute defence of the Enlightenmentproject, his work on law and democracy and its implications for theimportant topic of European integration.

This book quickly became established as an authoritative guideto Habermas’s work, and this updated new edition will be aninvaluable critical introduction for students and scholars acrossthe social sciences and humanities, especially sociology, politics,philosophy and social theory.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

The Roots of Habermass Thought
5
Scientism in Theory and Practice
19
Communication and Discourse Ethics
37
Social Evolution and Legitimation
56
Rational Action and Societal Rationalization
66
The Colonization of the Lifeworld
80
The Theory of Communicative Action An Assessment
106
Modernity and Philosophy
118
Law and the State
134
Two Kinds of Post
150
Habermas and the Future of Critical Theory
163
Notes
167
Bibliography
197
Index
209
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William Outhwaite is Professor of Sociology at Newcastle University

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