Habermas: Critical Debates

Habermas: Critical Debates

by John B Thompson
     
 

The essays in this book - all of them published here for the first time -
provide a long-overdue critical discussion of Jürgen Habermas's cascade of ideas.
These are topped off by a freshet of original Habermas: in the final essay, he replies to the criticism developed in the preceding contributions and to other recent assessments of his work,

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The essays in this book - all of them published here for the first time -
provide a long-overdue critical discussion of Jürgen Habermas's cascade of ideas.
These are topped off by a freshet of original Habermas: in the final essay, he replies to the criticism developed in the preceding contributions and to other recent assessments of his work, provides an important clarification of his earlier views, and reveals the direction of his current thought.Each essay probes a particular theme in Habermas's work, and each presents both an exposition and a critique. Among the subjects covered are Habermas's theory of knowledge-constitutive interests, his account of language and truth, his "overcoming" of hermeneutics, the concept of universal pragmatics, the orientation of his thought relative to the
Marxist tradition, and his project of analyzing the crisis tendencies of capitalism within the context of evolutionary theory.The contributors are philosophers and social theorists of international standing, most of them affiliated with German,
English, and American universities. They are Agnes Heller, Rudiger Bubner, Thomas
McCarthy, Henning Ottmann, Mary Hesse, Steven Lukes, Anthony Giddens, Michael
Schmid, Andrew Arato, and the editors. The editors have also contributed a substantial introduction outlining the central contours of Habermas's work and summarizing the main arguments of the essays.John B. Thompson is a Fellow of Jesus
College, Cambridge, and David Held is Lecturer in Politics, University of
York.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262700238
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/15/1982
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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