Habermas's Critical Theory of Society

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SUNY Press, 1991 - Social Science - 191 pages
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This book provides an understanding of the content and aims of Habermas's critical theory of society - the theory that analyzes the causes of our cultural lack of direction, polical apathy, and the increasing complexity of modern society. The author offers a foothold on the current debates regarding the credibility and cogency of the theory.

Braaten presents Habermas's defense of his critique of reason in his most recent work concerning the confrontation between postmodernists and neoconservatives, and modernists and liberal theorists. She also explores the possibility of applying Habermas's critical resources in the United States in ways that he himself may not have considered.
 

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Contents

An Outline of Habermass Critical Theory
9
A Consensus Theory of Truth and Knowledge
19
A Consensus Theory of Normative Validity
29
The Theory of Communicative Competence
51
The Critique of Societal Rationalization
75
Two Challenges Positivism and Postmodernism
105
Critical Applications of the Theory
141
Notes
157
Bibliography
175
Index
185
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About the author (1991)

Jane Braaten is Assistant Professor at Hampshire College and Mt. Holyoke College.

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