'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.
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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 ContentsTranslator'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.