Introduction to Habermas

Introduction to Habermas

  • Publish Date: 2013-11-21
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Sandro Segre

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This book provides a compact and up-to-date presentation of Jrgen 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 receptionboth critical and appreciativeof Habermas work.

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