Major Works
by Habermas

The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere

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This is Jurgen Habermas's most concrete historical-sociological book and one of the key contributions to political thought in the postwar period.

The Theory of Communicative Action, Volume 1: Reason and the Rationalization of Society

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"The Theory of Communicative Action represents a major contribution to contemporary social theory. Not only does it provide a compelling critique of some of the main perspectives in 20th century philosophy and social science, but it also presents a systematic synthesis of the many themes which have preoccupied Habermas for thirty years." (Times Literary Supplement)

The philosophical discourse of modernity : twelve lectures

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This critique of French philosophy and the history of German philosophy is a tour de force that has the immediacy and accessibility of the lecture form and the excitement of an encounter across national cultural boundaries as Habermas takes up the challenge posed by the radical critique of reason in contemporary French postmodernism.

Legitimation Crisis

Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action

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This long-awaited book sets out the implications of Habermas's theory of communicative action for moral theory "Discourse ethics" attempts to reconstruct a moral point of view from which normative claims can be impartially judged.

Knowledge and Human Interests

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"For those concerned with the relationships between thought and action, Knowledge and Human Interests will quickly be recognized as a brilliant book -- and a bold outline for a new social theory." (Times Literary Supplement)

Toward a Rational Society: Student Protest, Science and Politics

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Student Protest, Science, and Politics Translated by Jeremy J. Shapiro

Theory and Practice


Communication and the Evolution of Society

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Some thirty years ago Jurgen Habermas introduced the idea of analyzing contemporary society from a historical and practical stand point while remaining faithful to the canons of empirical science. Although the general features of this idea are still evident in his mature views, his original conception of critical social theory has undergone considerable development.

On the Logic of the Social Sciences

About this title: For two decades the German edition of this book has been a standard reference point for students of the philosophy of the social sciences in Germany. Today it still stands as a unique and masterful guide to the major problems and possibilities in this field.

On the Pragmatics of Social Interaction

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Habermas's 1971 Gauss Lectures, plus two additional essays, outlining an intersubjective approach to social theory.

A Berlin Republic: Writings on Germany

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This book brings together writings on the new, united Germany by one of that country's most original and trenchant commentators, Jurgen Habermas. Among other topics, Habermas addresses the consequences of German history, the challenges and perils of the post-Wall era, and Germany's place in contemporary Europe.


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