Literary scholarship has paid little serious attention to Habermas' philosophy, and, on the other hand, the reception of Habermas has given little attention to the role that literary practice can play in a broader theory of communicative action. David Colclasure's argument sets out to demonstrate that a specific, literary form of rationality inheres in literary practice and the public reception of literary works which provides a unique contribution to the political public sphere.
"Colclasure's argument that literature raises claims that are not captured under Habermas' rubric of expressivity is undoubtedly right, and, to my mind, very important." – Johanna Meehan (Grinnell College), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
1: Introduction 2: The Theory of Communicative Action: A Synopsis 3: Literary Rationality and Communicative Reason 4: The Claim of Authenticity: Wolfgang Hilbig and the Novel "Ich" 5: Concluding Remark Notes Bibliography Index