Postmetaphysical Thinking: Philosophical Essays

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MIT Press, 1994 - Philosophy - 241 pages
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This collection of Habermas's recent essays on philosophical topics continues theanalysis begun in The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity. In a short introductory essay, heoutlines the sources of twentieth-century philosophizing, its major themes, and the range of currentdebates. The remainder of the essays can be seen as his contribution to these debates.Habermas'sessay on George Herbert Mead is a focal point of the book. In it he sketches a postmetaphysical,intersubjective approach to questions of individuation and subjectivity. In other essays, hedevelops his distinctive, communications-theoretic approach to questions of meaning and validity.The book as a whole expands on his earlier efforts to define a middle ground between nostalgicrevivals of metaphysical conceptions of reason and radical deconstructions of reason. JürgenHabermas is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt.The Essays: The Horizon ofModernity is Shifting. Metaphysics after Kant. Themes in Postmetaphysical Thinking. Toward aCritique of the Theory of Meaning. Peirce and Communication. The Unity of Reason in the Diversity ofIts Voices. Individuation through Socialization: On George Herbert Mead's Theory of Subjectivity.Philosophy and Science as Literature?

  

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Contents

The Horizon of Modernity Is Shifting
3
Themes in Postmetaphysical Thinking
28
Toward a Critique of the Theory of Meaning
57
Peirce and Communication
88
Reason
115
On George
149
Philosophy and Science as Literature?
205
Index
229
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Jürgen Habermas is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt andProfessor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. He was recently awarded the 2004 Kyoto Prize forArts and Philosophy by the Inamori Foundation. The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honorthose who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment ofmankind.

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