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Recovering Ethical Life
Jurgen Habermas and the Future of Critical Theory





ISBN 9780415117838
Published February 17, 1995 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

Reading across the whole range of Habermas' work, this book traces the development of the theory of communicative reason from its inception to its defence against postmodernism. Bernstein's analyses are always problem centred and thematic rather than textual, making this a major contribution to the critical literature on Habermas.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Abbreviations; Introduction; Chapter 1 Critical Theory – The Very Idea; Chapter 2 Liberty and the Ideal Speech Situation; Chapter 3 Self-Knowledge as Praxis; Chapter 4 Moral Norms and Ethical Identities; Chapter 5 The Generalized Other, Concrete Others; Chapter 6 The Causality of Fate; Chapter 7 Language, World-Disclosure and Judgment;

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Biography

J.M. Bernstein is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Essex.

Reviews

'Bernstein's outstanding book is now also essential reading for anyone concerned with Habermas's thinking and its implications for contemporary social and political theory' - Radical Philosophy

'One of the best books yet on Habermas.' - Dr N Stevenson, Sheffield University