Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

Habermas A Very Short Introduction Jurgen Habermas is the most renowned living German philosopher This book aims to give a clear and readable overview of his philosophical work It analyzes both the theoretical underpinnings of Habermas

  • Title: Habermas: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: James Gordon Finlayson
  • ISBN: 9780192840950
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jurgen Habermas is the most renowned living German philosopher This book aims to give a clear and readable overview of his philosophical work It analyzes both the theoretical underpinnings of Habermas s social theory, and its concrete applications in the fields of ethics, politics, and law Finally, it examines how Habermas s social and political theory informs hisJurgen Habermas is the most renowned living German philosopher This book aims to give a clear and readable overview of his philosophical work It analyzes both the theoretical underpinnings of Habermas s social theory, and its concrete applications in the fields of ethics, politics, and law Finally, it examines how Habermas s social and political theory informs his writing on real, current political and social problems The author explores Habermas s influence on a wide variety of fields including philosophy, political and social theory, cultural studies, sociology, and literary studies He uses a problem based approach to explain how Habermas s ideas can be applied to actual social and political situations The book also includes a glossary of technical terms to further acquaint the reader with Habermas s philosophy Unlike other writing on Habermas, this Introduction is accessibly written and explains his intellectual framework and technical vocabulary, rather than simply adopting it.

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    1. Jürgen Habermas = Habermas: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #125), James Gordon FinlaysonThis book gives a clear and readable overview of the philosophical work of Jürgen Habermas, the most influential German philosopher alive today, who has commented widely on subjects such as Marxism, the importance and effectiveness of communication, the reunification of Germany, and the European Union.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: شانزدهم ماه مارس سال 2016 میل [...]

    2. Clear, lucid, and detailed, albeit with a slight penchant toward oversimplification. Better as a general introduction than Kenneth Baynes' Habermas (2015).

    3. The book gets to the architectonic of Habermas's ideas influenced by critical theory and hermeneutics and then methodically exposes the Habermasian projects on pragmatic meaning, modernity, communicative action, discourse ethics, and democracy and law. What the reader begins to understand is how significant Habermas is as a thinker about communication not as theory but as fundamental logic in the structure of meaning, truth, right, society, and freedom. The author also fairly lays out criticisms [...]

    4. Although Habermas's thought is complex, and any approach looks like a nearly impossible endeavour, this book shows a accurate picture of the interconnections between his five major research programmes. A comprehensive book, maybe too watered down, but still a useful introduction to Jürgen Habermas's philosophy.

    5. If this author is to be believed, Habermas is pretty much wrong on most things. His moral theory is just as much baseless gobbledygook as any other moral theory I've ever read, though it is also a great deal more onerous to explain and understand. His whole schematic of action vs discourse and the colonization of the "lifeworld" by systems just seems like a more jargon-filled rehash of Marx, but I guess there is some value there. His theory of "linguistic meaning" was actually somewhat interesti [...]

    6. A fine introduction to Habermas, this book is considerably more technical than other "Very Short Introductions" I've read. But in a very short volume, the author genuinely engages with Habermas' arguments, and he points out many of their major gaps and weaknesses. The book is particularly strong on how Habermas's linguistic theory, ethics, morality, political theory, legal theory, and treatment of religion all fit together. I didn't previously realize the extent that Habermas has developed a com [...]

    7. A nice introduction to Habermas, though the author does tend to misrepresent the views of Habermas's critics, characterizing them as post-modern relativists.

    8. This was a nice introduction to Habermas, and the narration was decent. Habermas is a prolific cross-disciplinary polymath, so a very short introduction can hardly provide much more than a survey. My only somewhat critical comments are (1) the first chapter, serving to provide a bit of backstory, was more about Adorno and Horkheimer. Although I appreciated the context, I might have preferred it to be viewed more through a Habermas lens. (2) The last chapter was more of a deep-dive into Habermas' [...]

    9. Big fan of this “Very Short Introduction” series. There are some 400 of these little books—each on a focused topic written by an expert, usually a professor. And they travel well in your pocket. There’s no chance I’d labor through Habermas’s original body of work. It’s just too, too much for the causally curious. But a quick 140 page summary? That was perfect. Going to pick up a bunch of these on other subjects.

    10. As in the title - it is a very quick introduction to the major concepts of Jurgen Habermas, a critical theorist with a background in the Frankfurt school. Unlike a lot of philosophical books, it is legible and unpretentious, designed for beginners who do not have any background understanding in who Habermas is or what he stood for. It lightly touches on his background and the dialectic that formed his thought, but is principally concerned with his own ideas and contributions.

    11. Excelente libro (corto) para repasar/comenzar las lecturas de Habermas. Distingue sus diferentes programas teóricos y, además, señala tanto el valor de cada uno como sus respectivas críticas para generar una perspectiva propia sobre la base de lecturas posteriores. De igual manera se agradece la reseña casi histórica de sus ideas siempre puestas en contexto.

    12. Habermas divided into three discrete morsels: meaning, ethics, politics.Sometimes Finlayson sneaks in some leftist attacks against Habermas, describing him as neoliberal apologist. Many times I would read some paraphrases of Habermas's thought on the right and the good and public spherin' and discourse and meaning and power and I would say to myself, "Yep. Seems about right." This makes me very suspicious!Habermas seems like so much doxa. Now that I've been very shortly introduced, I feel no com [...]

    13. Not an easy read, but that is I suppose to be expected. Finlayson seems to deal with the main aspects of Habermas' thought (although I wouldn't know if he's missed any key points). The separation of value spheres was clear, the language (discourse) aspects of the his theory harder. Maybe I need to read it again!The last section applying it to German and European political developments is very clear and very relevant given the EU referendum that is coming up in the UK.

    14. This book is short, clear and accessible. It is a little technical where it needs to be, but never intimidating. This is a nice little introduction to a major thinker.

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