The Theory of Communicative Action

Reason and the Rationalization of Society, Volume 1
Polity Press
  • erschienen am 7. Oktober 2015
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  • 512 Seiten
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Here, for the first time in English, is volume one of JurgenHabermas's long-awaited magnum opus: The Theory of CommunicativeAction. This pathbreaking work is guided by three interrelatedconcerns: (1) to develop a concept of communicative rationalitythat is no longer tied to the subjective and individualisticpremises of modern social and political theory; (2) to construct atwo-level concept of society that integrates the 'lifeworld' and'system' paradigms; and (3) to sketch out a critical theory ofmodernity that explains its sociopathologies in a new way.
Habermas approaches these tasks through a combination ofconceptual analyses, systematic reflections, and criticalreconstructions of such predecessors as Marx and Weber, Durkheimand Mead, Horkheimer and Adorno, Schutz and Parsons. Reason andthe Rationalization of Society develops a sociological theoryof action that stresses not its means-ends or teleological aspect,but the need to coordinate action socially via communication. Inthe introductory chapter Habermas sets out a powerful series ofarguments on such foundational issues as cultural and historicalrelativism, the methodology of Verstehen, the inseparabilty ofinterpretation from critique. In addition to clarifying thenormative foundations of critical social inquiry, this sets thestage for a systematic appropriation of Weber's theory ofrationalization and its Marxist reception by Lukacs, Horkheimer andAdorno.
This is an important book for degree students of philosophy,sociology and related subjects.
1. Auflage
  • Englisch
  • Oxford
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  • Großbritannien
John Wiley & Sons
  • 1,84 MB
978-0-7456-9422-1 (9780745694221)
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  • Intro
  • Contents
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Translator's Introduction
  • Author's Preface
  • I Introduction: Approaches to the Problem of Rationality
  • 1. "Rationality"-A Preliminary Specification
  • 2. Some Characteristics of the Mythical and the Modern Ways of Understanding the World
  • 3. Relations to the World and Aspects of Rationality in Four Sociological Concepts of Action
  • 4. The Problem of Understanding Meaning in the Social Sciences
  • II Max Weber's Theory of Rationalization
  • 1. Occidental Rationalism
  • 2. The Disenchantment of Religious-Metaphysical Worldviews and the Emergence of Modern Structures of Consciousness
  • 3. Modernization as Societal Rationalization: The Role of the Protestant Ethic
  • 4. The Rationalization of Law. Weber's Diagnosis of the Times
  • III Intermediate Reflections: Social Action, Purposive Activity, and Communication
  • IV From Lukacs to Adorno, Rationalization as Reification
  • 1. Max Weber in the Tradition of Western Marxism
  • 2. The Critique of Instrumental Reason
  • Notes
  • Index

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