Habermas and Pragmatism

Habermas and Pragmatism

by Mitchell Aboulafia
     
 

There are few living thinkers who have enjoyed the eminence and reown of Jürgen Hamermas. His work has been highly influential not only in philosopy, but also in the fields of politics, sociology and law. This is the first collection dedicated to exploring the connections between his body of work ahd America's most significant philosophical movement,

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Overview

There are few living thinkers who have enjoyed the eminence and reown of Jürgen Hamermas. His work has been highly influential not only in philosopy, but also in the fields of politics, sociology and law. This is the first collection dedicated to exploring the connections between his body of work ahd America's most significant philosophical movement, pragmatism.

Habermas and Pragmatism considers the influence of pragmatism on Habermas's thought and the tensions between Habermasian social theory and pragmatism. Essays by distinguished pragmatists, legal and critical theorists, and Habermas cover a range of subjects including the philosophy of language, the nature of rationality, democracy, objectivity, transcendentalism, aesthetics, and law. The collection also addresses the relationship to Habermas of Kant, Peirce, Mead, Dewey, Piaget, Apel, Brandom and Rorty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415234597
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. 1Transcendentalism and reason15
1Regarding the relationship of morality, law and democracy: on Habermas's Philosophy of Law (1922) from a transcendental-pragmatic point of view17
2Vicissitudes of transcendental reason31
3The epistemological promise of pragmatism47
4Forming competence: Habermas on reconstructing worlds and context-transcendent reason65
Pt. IILaw and democracy81
5The sirens of pragmatism versus the priests of proceduralism: Habermas and American Legal Realism83
6The problem of constitutional interpretive disagreement: can "discourses of application" help?113
Pt. IIILanguage and aesthetic experience139
7Reconstructing the fourth dimension: a Deweyan critique of Habermas's conception of communicative action141
8Habermas, pragmatism, and the problem of aesthetics165
Pt. IVComparative studies183
9Is Objectivity perspectival? Reflexions on Brandom's and Habermas's pragmatist conceptions of objectivity185
10Habermas, Dewey, and the democratic self210
Postscript: some concluding remarks223
Response223
Reflections on pragmatism225
On John Dewey's The Quest for Certainty229
Index234

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