The Theory of Communicative Action, Volume 1

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Beacon Press, 1985 - Philosophy - 512 pages
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"The THEORY OF COMMUNICATIVE ACTION represents a major contribution to contemporary social theory. Not only does it provide a compelling critique of some of the main perspectives in 20th century philosophy and social science, but it also presents a systematic synthesis of the many themse which have preoccupied Habermas for thirty years." (Times Literary Supplement)
 

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Contents

Introduction Approaches to the Problem of Rationality
1
1 Rationality A Preliminary Specification
8
2 Some Characteristics of the Mythical and the Modern Ways of Understanding the World
43
3 Relations to the World and Aspects of Rationality in Four Sociological Concepts of Action
75
4 The Problem of Understanding Meaning in the Social Sciences
102
Max Webers Theory of Rationalization
143
1 Occidental Rationalism
157
2 The Disenchantment of ReligiousMetaphysical World views and the Emergence of Modern Structures of Consciousness
186
4 The Rationalization of Law Webers Diagnosis of the Times
243
Intermediate Reflections Social Action Purposive Activity and Communication
273
From Lukacs to Adorno Rationalization as Reification
339
1 Max Weber in the Tradition of Western Marxism
345
2 The Critique of Instrumental Reason
366
Notes
403
Index
459
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The Role of the Protestant Ethic
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Jurgen Habermas (born June 18, 1929) is a German sociologist and philosopher in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism.

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