Wittgenstein and the Idea of a Critical Social Theory

A Critique of Giddens, Habermas and Bhaskar

By Nigel Pleasants

© 2002 – Routledge

213 pages

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About the Book

This book uses the philosophy of Wittgenstein as a perspective from which to challenge the very idea of critical social theory, represented preeminently by Giddens, Habermas and Bhaskar. Renouncing the quest for an alternative Wittgensteinian theory of social and political life, the author shows that Wittgenstein nevertheless has considerable significance for critical thought and practice.

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Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General