Truth and Justification / Edition 1

Truth and Justification / Edition 1

by J?rgen Habermas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262582589

ISBN-13: 9780262582582

Pub. Date: 08/12/2005

Publisher: MIT Press

Jurgen Habermas has developed the theory of communicative action primarily in the context of critical social and political theory and discourse ethics. The essays collected in this volume, however, focus on the theory's implications for epistemology and metaphysics. They address two fundamental issues that have not figured prominently in his work since the early

Overview

Jurgen Habermas has developed the theory of communicative action primarily in the context of critical social and political theory and discourse ethics. The essays collected in this volume, however, focus on the theory's implications for epistemology and metaphysics. They address two fundamental issues that have not figured prominently in his work since the early 1970s. One is the question of naturalism: How can the ineluctable normativity of the perspective of agents interacting in a linguistically structured lifeworld be reconciled with the contingency of the emergence and evolution of forms of life? The other is a key problem facing epistemological realism after the linguistic turn: How can the assumption that there is an independently existing world be reconciled with the linguistic insight that we cannot have unmediated access to "brute" reality?

Truth and Justification collects Habermas's major essays on these topics published since the mid-1990s. They offer detailed discussions of truth and objectivity as well as an account of the representational function of language in terms of the formal-pragmatic framework he has developed. In defending his post-Kantian pragmatism, Habermas draws on both the continental and analytic traditions and endorses a weak naturalism and a form of epistemological realism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262582582
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/12/2005
Series:
Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
349
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Translator's Introductionvii
Introdcution: Realism after the Linguistic Turn1
1Hermeneutic and Analytic Philosophy: Two Complementary Versions of the Linguistic Turn51
2From Kant's "Ideas" of Pure Reason to the "Idealizing" Presuppositions of Communicative Action: Reflections on the Detranscendentalized "Use of Reason"83
3From Kant to Hegel: On Robert Brandom's Pragmatic Philosophy of Language131
4From Kant to Hegel and Back Again: The Move toward Detranscendentalization175
5Norms and Values: On Hilary Putnam's Kantian Pragmatism213
6Rightness versus Truth: On the Sense of Normative Validity in Moral Judgments and Norms237
7The Relationship between Theory and Practice Revisited277
Notes293
Index321

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