THE THEORY OF COMMUNICATIVE ACTION

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The Theory Of Communicative Action

Author : Jürgen Habermas
ISBN : 0745603866
Genre : Philosophy
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Here, for the first time in English, is volume one of JurgenHabermas's long-awaited magnum opus: The Theory of CommunicativeAction. This pathbreaking work is guided by three interrelatedconcerns: (1) to develop a concept of communicative rationalitythat is no longer tied to the subjective and individualisticpremises of modern social and political theory; (2) to construct atwo-level concept of society that integrates the 'lifeworld' and'system' paradigms; and (3) to sketch out a critical theory ofmodernity that explains its sociopathologies in a new way. Habermas approaches these tasks through a combination of conceptualanalyses, systematic reflections, and critical reconstructions ofsuch predecessors as Marx and Weber, Durkheim and Mead, Horkheimerand Adorno, Schutz and Parsons. Reason and the Rationalization ofSociety develops a sociological theory of action that stresses notits means-ends or teleological aspect, but the need to coordinateaction socially via communication. In the introductory chapterHabermas sets out a powerful series of arguments on suchfoundational issues as cultural and historical relativism, themethodology of Verstehen, the inseparabilty of interpretation fromcritique. In addition to clarifying the normative foundations ofcritical social inquiry, this sets the stage for a systematicappropriation of Weber's theory of rationalization and its Marxistreception by Lukacs, Horkheimer and Adorno. This is an important book for degree students of philosophy,sociology and related subjects.
Category: Philosophy

The Theory Of Communicative Action

Author : Jürgen Habermas
ISBN : 9780745694221
Genre : Philosophy
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Here, for the first time in English, is volume one of Jurgen Habermas's long-awaited magnum opus: The Theory of Communicative Action. This pathbreaking work is guided by three interrelated concerns: (1) to develop a concept of communicative rationality that is no longer tied to the subjective and individualistic premises of modern social and political theory; (2) to construct a two-level concept of society that integrates the 'lifeworld' and 'system' paradigms; and (3) to sketch out a critical theory of modernity that explains its sociopathologies in a new way. Habermas approaches these tasks through a combination of conceptual analyses, systematic reflections, and critical reconstructions of such predecessors as Marx and Weber, Durkheim and Mead, Horkheimer and Adorno, Schutz and Parsons. Reason and the Rationalization of Society develops a sociological theory of action that stresses not its means-ends or teleological aspect, but the need to coordinate action socially via communication. In the introductory chapter Habermas sets out a powerful series of arguments on such foundational issues as cultural and historical relativism, the methodology of Verstehen, the inseparabilty of interpretation from critique. In addition to clarifying the normative foundations of critical social inquiry, this sets the stage for a systematic appropriation of Weber's theory of rationalization and its Marxist reception by Lukacs, Horkheimer and Adorno. This is an important book for degree students of philosophy, sociology and related subjects.
Category: Philosophy

Communicative Action

Author : Axel Honneth
ISBN : 0262081962
Genre : Philosophy
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These critical essays on Jurgen Habermas's major contribution to sociological theory, The Theory of Communicative Action, provide an indispensable guide for anyone trying to grasp that large, difficult, and important work. The editors' introduction traces the history of the reception of the work and identifies the main themes on which discussion has focused: a concept of communicative rationality; a theory of action based on distinguishing communicative from instrumental reason; a two-level concept of society that integrates lifeworld and system paradigms; and a critical theory of modernity meant to diagnose the sociopathologies of contemporary society. Axel Honneth is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Berlin. Hans Joas is Professor of Sociology at the Free University, Berlin. Contributors: Jeffrey Alexander. Johann P. Arnason. Johannes Berger. Gunter Dux. Jurgen Habermas. Hans Joas. Hans-Peter Kruger. Thomas McCarthy. Herbert Schnadelbach. Martin Seel. Charles Taylor.
Category: Philosophy

Communicative Action And Rational Choice

Author : Joseph Heath
ISBN : 0262263033
Genre : Philosophy
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In this book Joseph Heath brings Jürgen Habermas's theory of communicative action into dialogue with the most sophisticated articulation of the instrumental conception of practical rationality-modern rational choice theory. Heath begins with an overview of Habermas's action theory and his critique of decision and game theory. He then offers an alternative to Habermas's use of speech act theory to explain social order and outlines a multidimensional theory of rational action that includes norm-governed action as a specific type. In the second part of the book Heath discusses the more philosophical dimension of Habermas's conception of practical rationality. He criticizes Habermas's attempt to introduce a universalization principle governing moral discourse, as well as his criteria for distinguishing between moral and ethical problems. Heath offers an alternative account of the level of convergence exhibited by moral argumentation, drawing on game-theoretic models to specify the burden of proof that the theory of communicative action and discourse must assume.
Category: Philosophy

Moral Consciousness And Communicative Action

Author : Jürgen Habermas
ISBN : 9780745694122
Genre : Philosophy
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In this important book Habermas develops his views on a range of moral and ethical issues. Drawing on his theory of communicative action, Habermas elaborates an original conception of 'discourse ethics', seeking to reconstruct a moral point of view from which normative claims can be impartially judged. Habermas connects communicative ethics to the theory of social action via an examination of research in the social psychology of moral and interpersonal development. He aims to show that our basic moral intuitions spring from something deeper and more universal than contingent features of our tradition, namely from normative presuppositions of social interaction that belong to the repertoire of competent agents in any society. Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action confronts directly a variety of difficult and controversial problems which are at the centre of current debates in philosophy and social and political theory.
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On The Pragmatics Of Social Interaction

Author : Jürgen Habermas
ISBN : 0262582139
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Habermas's 1971 Gauss Lectures, plus two additional essays, outlining an intersubjective approach to social theory.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

From Communicative Action To The Face Of The Other

Author : Steve Hendley
ISBN : 0739101412
Genre : Philosophy
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Although the continental philosophers Jurgen Habermas and Emmanuel Levinas are both inescapably important to an array of debates in contemporary moral theory, they are rarely assessed in relation to each other. Not only are their basic agendas different whereas Habermas's discourse ethics are framed within a general concern for democratic political theory, Levinas's work is largely indifferent, if not hostile, to political concerns but their philosophical styles dramatically contrast as well. Steven Hendley's study is based on the conviction that beneath the surface there is in fact a remarkable degree of convergence in the two philosophers' work that is usually overlooked. Hendley discovers and explains the complementarity of Levinas's conception of discourse as relation to the Other to Habermas's theory of communication as the basis for recognition of universal moral norms; and he presents a clear defense and validation of Levinas's position on the construction of political theory. From Communicative Action to the Face of the Other is a unique endeavor that achieves new and important connections in the contemporary scholarship in philosophy and political theory."
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Faktizit T Und Geltung

Author : Jürgen Habermas
ISBN : 3518289616
Genre : Democracy
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Auch in den etablierten Demokratien sind die bestehenden Institutionen der Freiheit nicht mehr unangefochten, obgleich die Bevölkerungen hier eher auf mehr, denn auf weniger Demokratie zu drängen scheinen. Ich vermute allerdings, daß die Beunruhigung noch einen tieferliegenden Grund hat - die Ahnung nämlich, daß im Zeichen einer vollständig säkularisierten Politik der Rechtsstaat ohne radikale Demokratie nicht zu haben und nicht zu erhalten ist. Aus dieser Ahnung eine Einsicht zu machen, ist das Ziel der vorliegenden Untersuchung.
Category: Democracy