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The Theory of Communicative Action Vol. 2 : Lifeworld and System: A Critique of Functional Reason - Jurgen Habermas

The Theory of Communicative Action Vol. 2

Lifeworld and System: A Critique of Functional Reason

By: Jurgen Habermas, Thomas McCarthy (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st March 1985
ISBN: 9780807014011
Number Of Pages: 464

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Juergen Habermas opens Volume 2 with a brilliant reinterpretation of Mead and Durkheim and then develops his own approach to society, combining two hitherto competing paradigms, "system" and "lifeworld." The strength of this combination is then demonstrated in a detailed critique of Parsons's theory of social systems. Concluding with a critical reconstruction of the Weberan and Marxian treatment of modernity and its discontents, Habermas sets a new agenda for the critical theory of contemporary society. The combination of historical and theoretical sweep, analytical acumen and synthetic power, imagination and engagement mark this as one of the great works of twentieth-century social theory.

One of the broadest, most comprehensive, elaborate and intensely theoretical works in social theory. Social theory and philosophy may never be the same again. --Philosophy and Social Criticism

v. 1. Reason and the rationalization of society -- v. 2. Lifeworld and system : a critique of functionalist reason.

ISBN: 9780807014011
ISBN-10: 080701401X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st March 1985
Publisher: Beacon Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.64