Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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This book gives a clear and readable overview of the philosophical work of Jurgen Habermas, the most influential German philosopher alive today, who has commented widely on subjects such as Marxism, the importance and effectiveness of communication, the reunification of Germany, and the European Union.
Gordon Finlayson provides readers with a clear and readable overview of Habermas's forbiddingly complex philosophy using concrete examples and accessible language. He then goes on to analyse both the theoretical underpinnings of Habermas's social theory, and its more concrete applications in the fields of ethics, politics, and law; and concludes with an examination how Habermas's social and political theory informs his writing on contemporary, political, and social problems.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 111 x 174 x 11mm | 141g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 13 black and white
  • 0192840959
  • 9780192840950
  • 98,725

Table of contents

Preface: Who is Jurgen Habermas ; 1. Habermas and Frankfurt School Critical Theory ; 2. Habermas's New Approach to Social Theory ; 3. The Pragmatic Meaning Programme ; 4. The Programme of Social Theory ; 5. Habermas's Theory of Modernity ; 6. Discourse Ethics I: The Discourse Theory of Morality ; 7. Discourse Ethics II: Ethical Discourse and the Political Turn ; 8. Politics, Democracy, and Law ; 9. Politics Beyond The Bounds Of The Nation Alone
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About James Gordon Finlayson

James Gordon Finlayson is a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sussex, and was previously Lecturer in Post-Kantian European Philosophy at York University. He has published widely on Habermas, and contributed to Habermas: A Critical Reader (Blackwell). He is the author of a forthcoming monograph on problems in Habermas's Discourse Ethics.
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