Truth and Justification

Truth and Justification

by Jurgen Habermas
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0745624243

ISBN-13: 9780745624242

Pub. Date: 10/20/2003

Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

In this important new book, Jürgen Habermas takes up certain fundamental questions of philosophy. While much of his recent work has been concerned with issues of morality and law, in this new work Habermas returns to the traditional philosophical questions of truth, objectivity and reality which were at the centre of his earlier classic book Knowledge and

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In this important new book, Jürgen Habermas takes up certain fundamental questions of philosophy. While much of his recent work has been concerned with issues of morality and law, in this new work Habermas returns to the traditional philosophical questions of truth, objectivity and reality which were at the centre of his earlier classic book Knowledge and Human Interests.

How can the norms that underpin the linguistically structured world in which we live be brought into step with the contingency of the development of socio-cultural forms of life? How can the idea that our world exists independently of our attempts to describe it be reconciled with the insight that we can never reach reality without the mediation of language and that ‘bare' reality is therefore unattainable?

In Knowledge and Human Interests Habermas answered these questions with reference to a weak naturalism and a transcendental-pragmatic realism. Since then, however, he has developed a formal pragmatic theory which is based on an analysis of speech acts and language use. In this new volume Habermas takes up the philosophical questions of truth, objectivity and reality from the perspective of his linguistically-based pragmatic theory. The final section addresses the limits of philosophy and reassesses the relation between theory and practice from a perspective that could be described as ‘post-Marxist'.

This new volume by one of the world's leading philosophers will be essential reading for students and scholars of philosophy, social theory and the humanities and social sciences generally.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745624242
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/20/2003
Pages:
327
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.95(d)

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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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