Knowledge and Human Interests

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 7, 2015 - Philosophy - 400 pages
Habermas describes Knowledge and Human Interests as an attempt to reconstruct the prehistory of modern positivism with the intention of analysing the connections between knowledge and human interests. Convinced of the increasing historical and social importance of the natural and behavioural sciences, Habermas makes clear how crucial it is to understand the central meanings and justifications of these sciences. He argues that for too long the relationship between philosophy and science has been distorted.

In this extraordinarily wide-ranging book, Habermas examines the principal positions of modern philosophy - Kantianism, Marxism, positivism, pragmatism, hermeneutics, the philosophy of science, linguistic philosophy and phenomenology - to lay bare the structure of the processes of enquiry that determine the meaning and the validity of all our statements which claim objectivity.

This edition contains a postscript written by Habermas for the second German edition of Knowledge and Human Interests.
 

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Contents

Preface
Synthesis
CHAPTER THREE The Idea of the Theory of Knowledge
PART TWO Positivism Pragmatism
The Dilemma
CHAPTER SIX The SelfReflection of the Natural
CHAPTER SEVEN Diltheys Theory of Understanding
CHAPTER EIGHT The SelfReflection of the Cultural
PART THREE Critique as the Unity
Freuds
CHAPTER ELEVEN The Scientistic Selfmisunderstanding
A General
Notes
A Postscript to Knowledge and Human Interests
Index
Copyright

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Jürgen Habermas is a German philosopher and sociologist in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism. He is perhaps best known for his theories on communicative rationality and the public sphere. In 2014, Prospect readers chose Habermas as one of their favourites among the "world's leading thinkers".

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