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  • Paperback: 457 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (March 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080701401X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807014011
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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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

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Jürgen Habermas (born June 18, 1929) is a German sociologist and philosopher in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism.

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Jürgen Habermas (born 1929) is a German philosopher and sociologist who is one of the leading figures of the Frankfurt School. The companion volume to this book is The Theory of Communicative Action, Volume 1: Reason and the Rationalization of Society, but Habermas wrote many other books, such as The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, Truth and Justification, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action, etc.

He begins by stating, “In the Marxist reception of Weber’s theory of rationalization… the rationalization of society was always thought of as a reification of consciousness. As I have argued in Volume 1, the paradoxes to which this conceptual strategy leads show that rationalization cannot be dealt with adequately within the conceptual frame of the philosophy of consciousness. In Volume 2 I will take up the problematic of reification once again and reformulate it in terms of, on the one hand, communicative action and, on the other, the formation of subsystems via steering media.” (Pg.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2001
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This is the second volume of the two that constitute "The Theory of Communicative Action" (the first volume subtitle is "Reason and the Rationalization of Society"). The first volume was published in English in 1984, while the second volume appeared in 1987. The two volumes are not independent books and should be read as a single book. See review of the two volumes in "The Theory of Communicative Action: Reason and the Rationalization of Society" (v. 1).
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I like the work but disappointed by condition of the book with ink markings.
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