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The Theory of Communicative Action Lifeworld and Systems, a Critique of Functionalist Reason, Volume 2

by Jurgen Habermas

The Theory of Communicative Action Lifeworld and Systems, a Critique of Functionalist Reason, Volume 2 Synopsis

This study offers a systematic reconstruction of the theoretical foundations and framework of critical social theory. It is Habermas' magnum opus , and it is regarded as one of the most important works of modern social thought. In this second and final volume of the work, Habermas examines the relations between action concepts and systems theory and elaborates a framework for analyzing the developmental tendencies of modern societies. He discusses in detail the work of Marx, Durkheim, G.H. Mead and Talcott Parsons, among others. By distinguishing between social systems and what he calls the life-world , Habermas is able to analyze the ways in which the development of social systems impinges upon the symbolic and subjective dimensions of social life, resulting in the kind of crises, conflicts and protest movements which are characteristic of advanced capitalist societies in the late-20th century.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780745607702
Publication date: 5th October 1989
Author: Jurgen Habermas
Publisher: Polity Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 457 pages
Categories: Social theory, Political science & theory,

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