Theory and Practice

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Beacon Press, 1974 - Philosophy - 310 pages
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Theory and Practice is one of Habermas's major works and is widely recognized as a classic in contemporary and social and political theory. Through a series of highly original historical studies, Habermas reexamines the relations between philosophy, science and politics. Beginning with the classical doctrine of politics as developed by Aristotle, he traces the changing constellation of theory and practice through the work of Machiavelli, More, Hobbes, Hegel and Marx. He argues that, with the development of the modern sciences, politics has become increasingly regarded as a technical discipline concerned with problems of prediction and control. Politics has thus lost its link with the practical cultivation of character, that is, with the praxis of enlightened citizens. Theory and Practices includes a major reassessment of Marx's work and of the status of Marxism as a form of critique. In an important concluding chapter Habermas examines the role of reason and the prospects for critical theory in our modern scientific civilization.
  

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User Review  - Chris Gould - Goodreads

This was certainly one Of the hardest books I had ever encountered but my good friend and fine political philosopher Steve Govier said it made perfect sense to him. I'll stick with Aristotle thanks- but I'd love to tackle him again. Read full review

Contents

to Link Theory and Praxis i
13
1
41
Natural Law and Revolution
82
Remarks on Hegels Jena
142
On Hegels Political Writings
170
Marxism as Critique
195
On Theory and Praxis
253
Notes
283
Index
306
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Jürgen Habermas (born June 18, 1929) is a German sociologist and philosopher in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism. 

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