Habermas and the Dialectic of Reason

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David Ingram

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In his magnum opus, Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns, the distinguished philosopher Jurgen Habermas presented his ideas as a whole, providing the first major defense of his philosophy. David Ingram here summarizes the themes of Habermas's masterwork, placing them in the context of the philosopher's other work, relating them to poststructuralism, hermeneutics, and Neo-Aristotelianism, and surveying what other critics have said about Habermas.

 

"Ingram's exposition of Habermas is impressive for its erudition and its faithful adherence to the major contours of Habermas's work."—James Farganis, Contemporary Sociology

 

"A valuable contribution to the understanding of an important, but difficult, thinker."—Ethics

 

"The book is indispensable to an understanding of both Habermas and the contemporary human condition."—Scott Warren, Social Science Quarterly

 

"Ingram has done sociologists, philosophers, and political scientists a great service by demystifying Habermas's more recent theory of communicative action."—R. George Kirkpatrick, American Journal of Sociology

 

"Likely to be and to remain the leading study on Habermas's Theory of Communicative Action. What McCarthy did for Habermas's earlier writings, Ingram accomplishes for his more recent work."—Fred R. Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame

"Likely to be and to remain the leading study on Habermas's Theory of Communicative Action. What McCarthy did for Habermas's earlier writings, Ingram accomplishes for his more recent work."—Fred R. Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame
 
 


 
 
 
 
 

"Ingram's exposition of Habermas is impressive for its erudition and its faithful adherence to the major contours of Habermas's work."—James Farganis, Contemporary Sociology

"A valuable contribution to the understanding of an important, but difficult, thinker."—Ethics 
 

"The book is indispensable to an understanding of both Habermas and the contemporary human condition."—Scott Warren, Social Science Quarterly

"Ingram has done sociologists, philosophers, and political scientists a great service by demystifying Habermas's more recent theory of communicative action."—R. George Kirkpatrick, American Journal of Sociology

"Ingram's work is . . . valuable for those who want some help in negotiating the difficult terrain of Habermas' thought."—Julius J. Jackson, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"Provides a lucid and stimulating contribution to the recent Habermas literature and will occupy a distinctive niche within it. . . . Ingram's study will . . . likely serve as the most influential advanced study guide for the reception of the translation of Habermas's most recent work."—Raymond A. Morrow, Canadian Philosophical Review
ISBN: 9780300046137
Publication Date: September 10, 1989
263 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4