The Cambridge Companion to Habermas
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The Cambridge Companion to Habermas

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Jurgen Habermas is unquestionably one of the foremost philosophers writing today. His notions of communicative action and rationality have exerted a profound influence within philosophy and the social sciences. This volume examines the historical and intellectual contexts out of which Habermas' work emerged, and offers an overview of his main ideas, including those in his most recent publication. Amongst the topics discussed are his relationship to the Frankfurt School of critical theory and Marx, his unique contributions to the philosophy of the social sciences, the concept of 'communicative ethics', and the critique of post-modernism. New readers and non-specialists will find this the most convenient, accessible guide to Habermas currently available. Advanced students will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Habermas.
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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 149 x 227 x 25mm | 480g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 052144666X
  • 9780521446662
  • 917,034

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Each volume of this series of companions contains commissioned essays by an international team of scholars, together with a substantial bibliography, and will serve as a reference work for students and non-specialists.
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Table of contents

1. Introduction Stephen White; 2. The heritage: Habermas and Adorno Romand Coles; What remains of Marx? Nancy Love; 3. Communicative rationality: philosophical and social scientific implications; The idea of communicative rationality Georgia Warnke; Critical theory as a research programme John Dryzek; 4. Normative democracy; Practical discourse and communicatve ethics J. Donald Moon; Rechtstheorie Kenneth Baynes; Universalism and the situated critic Max Pensky; 5. Democracy; Democracy and self Mark Warren; Discourse and democractic practices Simone Chambers; 6. The defense of modernity; Habermas' critique of Nietzsche and his progeny Tracy Strong; Modernity and postmodernity Axel Honneth.
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"...an excellent tool for advanced students of Habermas, and it raises crucial questions that are relevant for anyone concerned with the theoretical and practical problems of democracy....The book clearly shows not only the profound contributions Habermas makes to democratic theory, but also some serious problems in his work and the extent to which his massive theoretical apparatus still needs to be discussed in relation to concrete social and political issues." American Political Science Review "...White has compiled here an excellent set of essays, especially on Habermas's most recent reflections on discource theory." Choice "...a good introduction to the impact of Habermas' theories of democracy, law, social criticism, and ethics for those who are not familiar with Habermas' work, his dense writing style, and the three-century tradition of continental thought upon which he relies....with its select bibliography and straightforward, non-technical articles, this volume should provide a possible point of entry to the variety of English-language debates surrounding Habermas' theories of politics and morality." Christopher F. Zurn, Canadian Philosophical Review "This is a wonderful collection." David A. Freeman, The European Studies Journal
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