This brilliant study succeeds in highlighting the distinctive characteristics of the social sciences and in outlining the nature of, and prospects for, critical theory today.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction.
Translator's Note. Preface.
Part I. The Dualism of the Natural and Cultural Sciences:.
1. A Historical Reconstruction.
2. Sociology and History: The Contemporary Discussion.
Part II. On the Methodology of General Theories of Social Action:.
3. Normative-Analytic and Empirical-Analytic Approaches to Social Science.
4. Intentional Action and Stimulus-Response Behaviour.
5. Three Forms of Functionalism.
Part III. On the Problem of Understanding Meaning in the Empirical-Analytic Sciences of Action:.
6. The Phenomenological Approach.
7. The Linguistic Approach.
8. The Hermeneutic Approach.
Part IV. Sociology as Theory of the Present:.
9. The Limits of Linguistically Oriented Interpretive Sociology.
10. Open Questions.
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Written in 1967 as an exercise in selfclarification, On the Logic of the Social Sciences is unmatched in its scope, insights, and impact. The point of departure for Habermas' twenty-year effort to reconstruct critical social theory, it is an indispensable aid to understanding his recent work on the theory of communicative action. The book also stands on its own as one of the best general overviews of the field, and should be required reading for students of the methodology and philosophy of the social sciences.James Schmidt, Boston University