Jurgen Habermas

Habermas, Jürgen

Jürgen Habermas (yûr´gən hä´bûrmäs), 1929–, German philosopher. He is a professor at the Univ. of Frankfurt (emeritus since 1994) and is the best-known contemporary proponent of critical theory, which is a social theory with Marxist roots developed in the 1930s by the Frankfurt School. In the spirit of his Frankfurt School predecessors, Habermas has criticized modern industrial societies for excessive emphasis on instrumental action, i.e., on doing whatever is necessary to attain given ends. This emphasis, he argues, has prevented them from appreciating the importance of communicative action, which is understanding and coming to agreement with others. Habermas has also constructed a theory of "discourse ethics" according to which moral judgments would have validity if agreed to by agents in an ideal speech situation. His works include Knowledge and Human Interests (1968, tr. 1971), Theory of Communicative Action (2 vol. 1981, tr. 1981–84), and Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action (1983, tr. 1989).

See M. G. Specter, Habermas: An Intellectual Biography (2010); D. Rasmussen, Reading Habermas (1990); G. Finlayson, Habermas: A Very Short Introduction (2005); D. Ingram, Habermas: Introduction and Analysis (2010).

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Perspectives on Habermas
Lewis Edwin Hahn.
Open Court, 2000
Jürgen Habermas
Michael Pusey.
Routledge, 1993
Habermas: The Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy
Hugh Baxter.
Stanford Law Books, 2011
Critical Theory: The Essential Readings
David Ingram; Julia Simon-Ingram.
Paragon House, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Technology and Science as 'Ideology'" by Jurgen Habermas begins on p. 117
Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition
Charles Taylor; K. Anthony Appiah; Jürgen Habermas; Steven C. Rockefeller; Michael Walzer; Susan Wolf; Amy Gutmann.
Princeton University Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Struggles for Recognition in the Democratic Constitutional State" by Jurgen Habermas begins on p. 107
Reasonable Democracy: Jürgen Habermas and the Politics of Discourse
Simone Chambers.
Cornell University Press, 1996
Habermas, Critical Theory and Health
Graham Scambler.
Routledge, 2001
Rawls and Habermas: Reason, Pluralism, and the Claims of Political Philosophy
Todd Hedrick.
Stanford University Press, 2010
Emancipation and Illusion: Rationality and Gender in Habermas's Theory of Modernity
Marie Fleming.
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997
Proceduralism and Justification in Habermas's Discourse Ethics
Mahoney, Jon.
Philosophy Today, Vol. 46, No. 3, Fall 2002
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Habermas's Communicative Concepts of Power
Wong, Day.
Philosophy Today, Vol. 53, No. 1, Spring 2009
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The Two Faces of Liberal Democracy in Habermas
Cook, Deborah.
Philosophy Today, Vol. 45, No. 1, Spring 2001
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The Place of Religion in Habermas's Transformed Public Sphere
Platt, Carrie Anne; Majdik, Zoltan P.
Argumentation and Advocacy, Vol. 49, No. 2, Fall 2012
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Rethinking "Liberal Eugenics": Reflections and Questions on Habermas on Bioethics
Prusak, Bernard G.
The Hastings Center Report, Vol. 35, No. 6, November-December 2005
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The Bounds of Reason: Habermas, Lyotard, and Melanie Klein on Rationality
Emilia Steuerman.
Routledge, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Habermas's Linguistic Turn"
The Past as Future: Vergangenheit als Zukunft
Jürgen Habermas; Max Pensky; Max Pensky.
University of Nebraska Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Jurgen Habermas Interviewed by Michael Haller
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