Philosophical IntroductionsFive Approaches to Communicative Reason
Philosophical Introductions
Five Approaches to Communicative Reason
Translated by Ciaran Cronin

On the occasion of Habermas’s 80th birthday, the German publisher Suhrkamp brought out five volumes of Habermas’s work that spanned the full range his philosophical work, from the theory of rationality to the critique of metaphysics. For each of these volumes, Habermas wrote an introduction that crystallized, in a remarkably clear and succinct way, his thinking on the key philosophical issues that have preoccupied him throughout his long career. This new book by Polity brings together these five introductions and publishes them together for the first time. The result is a unique and comprehensive overview of Habermas’s philosophy in his own words.

In the five chapters that make up this volume, Habermas discusses the concept of communicative action and the grounding of the social sciences in the theory of language; the relationship between rationality and the theory of language; discourse ethics; political theory and problems of democracy and legitimacy; the critique of reason and the challenge posed by religion in a secular age. The volume includes a substantial introduction by Jean-Marc Durand-Gasselin which provides the reader with all the necessary background to understand Habermas’s distinctive and original contribution to philosophy.

<i>Philosophical Introductions</i> will be an indispensable text for students and scholars in philosophy and in the humanities and social sciences generally, and for anyone interested in the most important developments in philosophy and critical theory today.

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  • June 2018
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Table of Contents


Introduction: The Work of Jürgen Habermas: Roots, Trunk and Branches, Jean-Marc Durand-Gasselin

1. Foundations of Sociology in the Theory of Language

2. Theory of Rationality and Theory of Meaning

I. Formal Pragmatics

II. Communicative Rationality

III. Discourse Theory of Truth

IV. On Epistemology

3. Discourse Ethics

I. Moral Theory

II. On the System of Practical Discourses

4. Political Theory

I. Democracy

II. The Constitutional State

III. Nation, Culture and Religion

IV. Constitutionalization of International Law?

5. Critique of Reason

I. Metaphilosophical Reflections

II. Postmetaphysical Thinking

III. The Challenge of Naturalism

IV. The Challenge of Religion

About the Author
Jürgen Habermas is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt and one of the most influential social and political thinkers in the world today.
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