The Theory of Communicative Action: Critique of Functionalist Reason v. 2

The Theory of Communicative Action: Critique of Functionalist Reason v. 2

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"The Theory of Communicative Action" offers nothing less than a systematic reconstruction of the theoretical foundations and framework of critical social theory. In this second and final volume of the work, Habermas examines the relations between action concepts and systems theory and elaborates a framework for analyzing the developmental tendencies of modern societies. He discusses in detail the work of Marx, Durkheim, G.H. Mead and Talcott Parsons, among others. By distinguishing between social systems and what he calls the "life-world", the author is able to analyse the ways in which the development of social systems impinges upon the symbolic and subjective dimensions of social life, resulting in the kind of crises, conflicts and protest movements which are characteristic of advanced capitalist societies in the late 20th century.show more

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  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 150 x 230mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • German
  • 0745605397
  • 9780745605395

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