Jürgen Habermas on Society and Politics: A Reader

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Beacon Press, 1989 - Philosophy - 324 pages
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Here for the first time are Habermas's most important writings on society, the state, and social theory collected in one volume. For more than three decades Habermas has consistently attempted to supply foundations for a reconstructed Marxist social theory that provides a critical analysis of modernity. He has defended the position that only if a general notion of reason can be invoked can we hope to sustain a democratic social order. This carefully edited volume includes selections from Habermas's earliest works through his most recent: essays on the aim of social science, the structure of a theory of action and society, the development of modern society, psychoanalysis, and the crisis of the welfare state.
 

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Contents

DOGMATISM REASON AND DECISION ON THEORY AND PRACTICE IN A SCIENTIFIC CIVILIZATION
29
BETWEEN PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE MARXISM AS CRITIQUE
47
SELFREFLECTION AS SCIENCE FREUDS PSYCHOANALYTIC CRITIQUE OF MEANING
55
THE TASKS OF A CRITICAL THEORY OF SOCIETY
77
PSYCHOANALYSIS AND SOCIAL THEORY NIETZSCHES REDUCTION OF COGNITIVE INTERESTS
107
TOWARD A RECONSTRUCTION OF HISTORICAL MATERIALISM
114
SOCIAL ACTION AND RATIONALITY
142
THE CONCEPT OF THE LIFEWORLD AND THE HERMENEUTIC IDEALISM OF INTERPRETIVE SOCIOLOGY
165
THE UNCOUPLING OF SYSTEM AND LIFEWORLD
188
THE PUBLIC SPHERE
231
TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE AS IDEOLOGY
237
WHAT DOES A CRISIS MEAN TODAY LEGITIMATION PROBLEMS IN LATE CAPITALISM
266
THE CRISIS OF THE WELFARE STATE AND THE EXHAUSTION OF UTOPIAN ENERGIES
284
Notes
301
Credits
323
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Jürgen Habermas, professor of philosophy at the University of Frankfurt, has been hailed as the "foremost social and political thinker in Germany today" (Times Literary Supplement). Included here are essays on his theories of communication, socialization, social evolution, and the development of law and morality.

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