A rare systematic thinker, Habermas has furthered our understanding of modernity, social interaction and linguistic practice, societal institutions, rationality, morality, the law, globalization, and the role of religion in multicultural societies. He has helped shape discussions of truth, objectivity, normativity, and the relationship between the human and the natural sciences. This volume provides an accessible and comprehensive conceptual map of Habermas' theoretical framework and its key concepts, including the theory of communicative action, discourse ethics, his social-political philosophy and their applications to contemporary issues. It will be an invaluable resource for both novice readers of Habermas and those interested in a more refined understanding of particular aspects of his work.
1. Introduction, Barbara Fultner 2. Influences and Impact, Max Pensky Part I The Linguistic Turn: Communicative Rationality 3. Postmetaphysical Thinking, Melissa Yates 4. Communicative Action and Formal Pragmatics, Barbara Fultner 5. Lifeworld and System, Joseph Heath 6. Autonomy, Joel Anderson Part II Discourse Ethics 7. Morality, William Rehg 8. Ethics, Johanna Meehan Part III Political Theory: Interventions in the Public Sphere 9. Deliberative Democracy, Kevin Olson 10. Civil Society, Keith Haysom 11. Discourse Theory of Law, Christopher Zurn Part IV Political Discourse 12. Cosmopolitan Democracy, Ciarin Cronin 13. Postsecularism, Eduardo Mendieta Chronology of Life and Work