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Toward a Rational Society: Student Protest, Science, and Politics Paperback – August 1, 1971

ISBN-13: 004-6442041775 ISBN-10: 0807041777 Edition: 1st Published as Beacon Ppbk in 1971

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; 1st Published as Beacon Ppbk in 1971 edition (August 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807041777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807041772
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"It is not altogether easy to assess the work of a scholar whose professional competence extends from the logic of science to the sociology of knowledge, by way of Marx, Hegel, and the more recondite sources of the European metaphysical tradition ... The baffling thing about Habmermas is that, in an age when most of his colleagues had painfully established control over one corner of the field, he has made himself the master of the whole, in depth and breadth alike." – Times Literary Supplement

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon M. Willis on July 14, 2005
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For a long time, Towards a Rational Society topped my list of Desert Island Books, particularly the third chapter, Science and Technology as Rationality. As a social scientist, it encapsulated for me the whole problem with positivist science approaches, as well as making clear the fundamental distinction between purposive rationality and other less instrusive and more community-developing forms of communicative action. It is often seen as ironic that Habermas, a man with a cleft palate who writes in such a turgid and convoluted way, should be a premier exponent of the theory of communication, systemativally distorted or otherwise. Here is a book that shows why and how he is a genius, and in the clearest and most straightforward way. It also clearly shows his debts to Weber and Marx and the earlier critical theorists, while moving substantially on from all of them.
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