On the Pragmatics of Communication

On the Pragmatics of Communication

by Jurgen Habermas
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262082659

ISBN-13: 9780262082655

Pub. Date: 10/26/1998

Publisher: MIT Press

This anthology brings together for the first time, in revised or new translation, ten essays that present the main concerns of Jurgen Habermas's program in formal pragmatics. Its aim is to convey a sense of the overall purpose of Habermas's linguistic investigations while introducing the reader to their specific details.

Habermas's program in formal pragmatics

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This anthology brings together for the first time, in revised or new translation, ten essays that present the main concerns of Jurgen Habermas's program in formal pragmatics. Its aim is to convey a sense of the overall purpose of Habermas's linguistic investigations while introducing the reader to their specific details.

Habermas's program in formal pragmatics fulfills two main functions. First, it serves as the theoretical underpinning for his theory of communicative action, a crucial element in his theory of society. Second, it contributes to ongoing philosophical discussion of problems concerning meaning, truth, rationality, and action.

By the "pragmatic" dimensions of language, Habermas means those pertaining specifically to the employment of sentences in utterances. He makes clear that "formal" is to be understood in a tolerant sense to refer to the rational reconstruction of general intuitions or competences. Formal pragmatics, then, aims at a systematic reconstruction of the intuitive linguistic knowledge of competent subjects as it is used in everyday communicative practices. Habermas's program may thus be distinguished from empirical pragmatics--for example, sociolinguistics--which looks primarily at particular situations of use.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262082655
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/26/1998
Series:
Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought Series
Pages:
462
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
1What Is Universal Pragmatics? (1976)21
2Social Action, Purposive Activity, and Communication (1981)105
3Communicative Rationality and the Theories of Meaning and Action (1986)183
4Actions, Speech Acts, Linguistically Mediated Interactions, and the Lifeworld (1988)215
5Comments on John Searle's "Meaning, Communication, and Representation" (1988)257
6Toward a Critique of the Theory of Meaning (1988)277
7Some Further Clarifications of the Concept of Communicative Rationality (1996)307
8Richard Rorty's Pragmatic Turn (1996)343
9On the Distinction between Poetic and Communicative Uses of Language (1985)383
10Questions and Counterquestions (1985)403
Selected Bibliography and Further Reading435
Index447

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