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Introduction to Habermas, Paperback / softback Book


This book provides a compact and up-to-date presentation of Jurgen Habermas' oeuvre, with particular reference to his theory of communicative action.

It formulates the concepts of communicative rationality and validity claims, indicates the conditions of a perfect communicative rationality, and underscores Habermas' distinction between understanding- and success-oriented actions.

Moreover, this book considers Habermas' critical reception of classical sociologists such as Weber and Durkheim; of the Lukacs and Frankfurt school; of Schutz, Mead, and Wittgenstein; and of important contemporary authors such as Foucault, Parsons, and Luhmann.

Segre also explores Habermas' themes of the rationalization of the life-world and its consequences on the social, cultural, and personality systems.

He discusses Habermas' well-known theses of colonization of the life-world, its impact on the public sphere and communicative action, and the legitimacy crisis that follows as a consequence.

Finally, Introduction to Habermas provides an overview of the reception-both critical and appreciative-of Habermas' work.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 102 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of America
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780761861768

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