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Language and reason : a study of Habermas's pragmatics

Author: Maeve Cooke
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1994.
Series: Studies in contemporary German social thought.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Readers of Juergen Habermas's "Theory of Communicative Action" and his later social theory know that the idea of communicative rationality is central to his version of critical theory. This text provides a general introduction to Habermas's programme of formal pragmatics - his reconstruction of the universal principles of possible understanding that, he argues, operate in everyday communicative practices.  Read more...
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Named Person: Jürgen Habermas; Jürgen Habermas; Jürgen Habermas; Jürgen Habermas; Jürgen Habermas; Jürgen Habermas
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maeve Cooke
ISBN: 0262032171 9780262032179
OCLC Number: 28724409
Description: xii, 207 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Communicative Action: An Overview --
2. Communicative Rationality: An Initial Specification --
3. Speech Acts and Validity Claims --
4. A Pragmatic Theory of Meaning: From Comprehension to Consensus --
5. Communicative Rationality: Concluding Discussion --
Works by Habermas Cited in the Text.
Series Title: Studies in contemporary German social thought.
Other Titles: Habermas's pragmatics
Responsibility: Maeve Cooke.

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Readers of Juergen Habermas's "Theory of Communicative Action" and his later social theory know that the idea of communicative rationality is central to his version of critical theory. This text provides a general introduction to Habermas's programme of formal pragmatics - his reconstruction of the universal principles of possible understanding that, he argues, operate in everyday communicative practices. Philosophers of language should discover connections between Habermas's account of language and validity (especially his theory of meaning) and their own concerns. This work introduces the theory of communicative action as the background against which the programme of formal pragmatics must be understood. It then outlines the idea of communicative rationality as a postmetaphysical yet nondefeatist conception of reason. Two central chapters detail the connections Habermas asserts between language and validity, with particular attention to his theory of validity claims and his pragmatic theory of meaning. A final chapter looks at Habermas's account of the pathologies of modern society and at communicative rationality as a yardstick for measuring these pathologies. -- from http://www.amazon.ca (August 22, 2011).

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