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Habermas: Introduction and Analysis

Format:  Paperback,

360 pages

Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr

Publish Date: Aug 2010

ISBN-13: 9780801476013

ISBN-10: 0801476011

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The work of Jurgen Habermas (b. 1929) has been highly influential both in philosophy and across many disciplines in the social sciences. David Ingram here provides anintroduction to Habermas's complex thought as it has evolved from 1953 to the present, spanning philosophy, religion, political science, social science, and law. One of today's most intriguing thinkers, Habermas is also notably prolific; for students and other readers who wish to navigate the philosopher's more than thirty books, the lucid and precise Habermas: Introduction and Analysis is a welcome starting point rich in insights.

Ingram's book addresses the entire range of Habermas's social theory, including his most recent and widely discussed contributions to religion, freedom and determinism, global democracy, and the consolidation of the European Union. Recognizing Habermas's position as a highly public intellectual, Ingram discusses how Habermas applies his own theory to pressing problems such as abortion, terrorism, genetic engineering, immigration, multiculturalism, separation of religion and state, technology and mass media, feminism, and human rights. He also presents a detailed critical analysis of Habermas's key claims and arguments.

Separate appendixes introduce and clarify such important concepts as causal, teleological, and narrative paradigms of explanation in action theory; contextualism versus rationalism in social scientific methods of interpretation; systems theory and functionalist explanation in social science; and decision and collective choice theory.

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Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr
Publish Date: Aug 2010
ISBN-13: 9780801476013
ISBN-10: 0801476011
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 360
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Chapter outline

List of Tablesp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Abbreviations for Titles of Works by Habermasp. xv
A Public Intellectual Committed to Reasonp. 1
Habermas's Lifep. 2
From the Critique of Ideology to the Dialectic of Enlightenmentp. 12
Outline of Chaptersp. 25
Habermas's Defense of Psychoanalytic Social Sciencep. 33
The Positivism Debate in German Social Sciencep. 34
Modern Nihilism: The Crisis of Science and the Theory/Practice Problemp. 40
Knowledge and Human Interestsp. 44
A Critique of Knowledge and Human Interestsp. 57
The Linguistic Turnp. 67
TCA and the Dialectic of Enlightenmentp. 68
Situating Habermas's Philosophy of Languagep. 72
Transcendental Philosophy of Language as Rational Reconstructionp. 74
Universal Pragmatics and Formal Semanticsp. 77
Formal Pragmatics and Speech Act Theoryp. 79
Discoursep. 81
Communicative and Strategic Speech Actsp. 83
A Critique of Universal Pragmaticsp. 87
Knowledge and Truth Revisitedp. 95
Subject-Object Paradigms of Knowledgep. 99
Internal Realismp. 101
Reference and Meaningp. 103
Knowledge and Evolutionp. 109
Moral Realismp. 109
Is Formal Pragmatism a Defensible Alternative to Realism and Contextualism?p. 111
Discourse Ethicsp. 115
Practical Reason: Delimiting the Domain of the Moralp. 116
The Priority of the Right over the Goodp. 117
Modernity and Moral Developmentp. 118
Deontological Moral Theory and Universalizability: Kant and Rawlsp. 122
Moral Cognitivism versus Moral Skepticismp. 127
Moral Argumentation as Discoursep. 129
Neo-Aristotelian Objections and the Abortion Controversyp. 138
Justification and Applicationp. 140
Discourse Ethics Applied: Genetic Testing and the Future of Human Naturep. 142
Problems and Paradoxesp. 144
Habermas's Ideal of Argumentation: A Final Assessmentp. 146
Law and Democracy: Part I: The Foundational Rightsp. 153
Modern Law and Morality: A Paradoxical Wedding of Facts and Normsp. 154
Situating Habermas's Theory of Law and Democracy: Some Contemporary Debatesp. 155
The Sociological Genesis of Modern Lawp. 161
The System of Rightsp. 166
Negative and Positive Rights (Duties)p. 170
Constitutional Foundationsp. 173
Human Rights: Subsistence as a Test Case for a Juridical Conception of Rightsp. 175
Final Thoughts on the Procedural Ideal of Deliberative Democracyp. 189
Law and Democracy: Part II: Power and the Clash of Paradigmsp. 193
Democracy and the Powers of Governmentp. 193
The Separation of Powersp. 197
The Transmission of Communicative Power: From Public Sphere to Government Administrationp. 201
Discourse and Adjudicationp. 206
The Proceduralist Paradigm of Law and Democracyp. 211
A Concluding Assessmentp. 215
Law and Democracy: Part III: Applying the Proceduralist Paradigmp. 221
Separation of Church and State: The Public/Private Distinctionp. 221
Gender Difference and the Lawp. 229
Multiculturalismp. 234
Immigrationp. 244
Law and Democracy: Part IV: Social Complexity and a Critical Assessmentp. 253
Questioning the Proceduralist Paradigmp. 258
Substantive Economic Justice and Workplace Democracyp. 260
The Technological Dimension of Democracyp. 262
Revolution and Democracyp. 264
Crisis and Pathology: The Future of Democracy in a Global Agep. 267
Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracyp. 268
Social Pathologies and the Colonization of the Lifeworldp. 271
Globalization: The New Challengep. 283
Cosmopolitan Democracy and Global Politics as a Response to Global Crisisp. 285
Politics and the Rule of Law in International Relationsp. 286
The Constitutionalization of International Relationsp. 294
The Limits of Democratization: A Critical Assessmentp. 301
Postsecular Postscript: Modernity and Its Discontentsp. 307
Marx on the Evolution of Modern Societyp. 310
Weber on Modernization and the Problem of Meaningp. 316
Secularization and the Rationalization of the Lifeworldp. 320
Between Past and Future: Art, Religion, and the Dialectic of Enlightenment Revisitedp. 323
Explaining Actionp. 329
Understanding Actionp. 331
Habermas and Brandomp. 335
Developmental Psychologyp. 339
Rational Choice Theoryp. 341
Systems Theoryp. 345
Indexp. 351

Book description

The work of Jürgen Habermas (b. 1929) has been highly influential both in philosophy and across many disciplines in the social sciences. David Ingram here provides an introduction to Habermas's complex thought as it has evolved from 1953 to the present, spanning philosophy, religion, political science, social science, and law. One of today's most intriguing thinkers, Habermas is also notably prolific; for students and other readers who wish to navigate the philosopher's more than thirty books, the lucid and precise Habermas: Introduction and Analysis is a welcome starting point rich in insights.

Ingram's book addresses the entire range of Habermas's social theory, including his most recent and widely discussed contributions to religion, freedom and determinism, global democracy, and the consolidation of the European Union. Recognizing Habermas's position as a highly public intellectual, Ingram discusses how Habermas applies his own theory to pressing problems such as abortion, terrorism, genetic engineering, immigration, multiculturalism, separation of religion and state, technology and mass media, feminism, and human rights. He also presents a detailed critical analysis of Habermas's key claims and arguments.

Separate appendixes introduce and clarify such important concepts as causal, teleological, and narrative paradigms of explanation in action theory; contextualism versus rationalism in social scientific methods of interpretation; systems theory and functionalist explanation in social science; and decision and collective choice theory.

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