Jurgen Habermas: Key Concepts

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  • Copyright: 2014-08-13
  • Publisher: Routledge

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A rare systematic thinker, Habermas has furthered our understanding of modernity, social interaction and linguistic practice, societal institutions, rationality, morality, the law, globalization, and the role of religion in multicultural societies. He has helped shape discussions of truth, objectivity, normativity, and the relationship between the human and the natural sciences. This volume provides an accessible and comprehensive conceptual map of Habermas's theoretical framework and its key concepts, including the theory of communicative action, discourse ethics, his social-political philosophy and their applications to contemporary issues. It will be an invaluable resource for both novice readers of Habermas and those interested in a more refined understanding of particular aspects of his work.

Author Biography

Barbara Fultner is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Denison University, Ohio.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Historical and intellectual contextsp. 13
Communicative Rationality
Postmetaphysical thinkingp. 35
Communicative action and formal pragmaticsp. 54
System and lifeworldp. 74
Autonomy, agency and the selfp. 91
Moral and Political Theory
Discourse ethicsp. 115
Deliberative democracyp. 140
Discourse theory of lawp. 156
Politics and Social Change
Civil society and social movementsp. 177
Cosmopolitan democracyp. 196
Rationalization, modernity and secularizationp. 222
Chronology of life and worksp. 239
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 253
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