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The Philosophy of Jürgen Habermas: A Critical Introduction

Uwe Steinhoff


Jürgen Habermas seeks to defend the Enlightenment and with it an “emphatical”, “uncurtailed” conception of reason against the post-modern critique of reason on the one hand, and against so-called scientism (which would include critical rationalism and the greater part of analytical philosophy) on the other. His objection to the former is that it is self-contradictory and politically defeatist; his objection to the latter is that, thanks to a standard of rationality derived from the natural sciences or from Weber's concept of purposive rationality, it leaves normative questions to irrational de ... More

Keywords: communicative action, critical theory, democracy, discourse ethics, Enlightenment, Jürgen Habermas, law, rationality, reason, speech acts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199547807
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547807.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Uwe Steinhoff, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong and Senior Research Associate in Philosophy, The Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War
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