On the Pragmatics of Communication

On the Pragmatics of Communication

by Jurgen Habermas
     
 

This volume brings together Habermas's key writings on language and communication. Including some classic texts as well as new material which is published here for the first time, this book is a detailed and up-to-date introduction to Habermas's formal pragmatics, which is a vital aspect of his social theory.

Written from 1976 to 1996, the essays show the extent

Overview

This volume brings together Habermas's key writings on language and communication. Including some classic texts as well as new material which is published here for the first time, this book is a detailed and up-to-date introduction to Habermas's formal pragmatics, which is a vital aspect of his social theory.

Written from 1976 to 1996, the essays show the extent to which formal pragmatics underpins Habermas's theory of communicative action. They are presented in chronological order, so that the reader can trace developments and revisions in Habermas's thought. The volume includes a critical discussion of Searle's theory of meaning, and Richard Rorty's neopragmatism. It concludes with Habermas's recent defence of his theory of communicative action, in which he reaffirms his view that interpretative understanding inescapably involves evaluation.

This book will be an indispensable text for students and academics who want a clear and accessible introduction to the development of Habermas's theory of communication and its relation to his broader social and political theory.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Jürgen Habermas has been awarded the prestigious 'Friedenspreis des deutschen Buchhandels' prize for 2001

"These new books by Habermas will be indispensable for years to come [and will] undoubtedly make provocative reading." Anthony Elliott, The Australian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745630472
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/07/2002
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.39(d)

Meet the Author

Jurgen Habermas is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Frankfurt.

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