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Communication and the Evolution of Society

Communication and the Evolution of Society

by Jnrgen Habermas

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Overview

In this important volume Habermas outlines the views which form the basis of his critical theory of modern societies. The volume comprises five interlocking essays, which together define the contours of his theory of communication and of his substantive account of social change.
'What is Universal Pragmatics?' is the best available statement of Habermas's programme for a theoryof communication based on the analysis of speech acts. In the following two essays Habermas draws on the work of Kohlberg and others to develop a distinctive account of moral consciousness and normative structures. 'Toward a Reconstruction of historical Materialsim' takes these issues further, offering a wide-ranging reconstruction of Marx's historical materialsim understood as a theory of social evolution. The final essay focuses on the question of legitimacy and on the legitimation problems faced by modern states.
This book is essential reading for anyone concerned with the key questions of social and political theory today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745694160
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/07/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 914 KB

About the Author

Jürgen Habermas is a German philosopher and sociologist in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism. He is perhaps best known for his theories on communicative rationality and the public sphere. In 2014, Prospect readers chose Habermas as one of their favourites among the "world's leading thinkers".

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction.

1. What is Universal Pragmatics?.

2. Moral Development and Ego Identity.

3. Historical Materialsim and the Development of Normative Structures.

4. Towards a Reconstruction of Historical Materialism.

5. Legitimation Problems in the Modern State.

Notes.

Index.

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