LINGUIST List 15.1489

Tue May 11 2004

Books: Philosophy of Language: Habermas

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  1. dgw, Truth and Justification: Habermas

Message 1: Truth and Justification: Habermas

Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 16:07:57 -0400 (EDT)
From: dgw <>
Subject: Truth and Justification: Habermas

Title: Truth and Justification

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	MIT Press

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Author: J�rgen Habermas

Hardback: ISBN: 0262083183, Pages: 368, Price: U.S. $40


J�rgen Habermas has developed the theory of communicative action
primarily in the context of critical social and political theory and
discourse ethics. The essays collected in this volume, however, focus
on the theory's implications for epistemology and metaphysics. They
address two fundamental issues that have not figured prominently in
his work since the early 1970s. One is the question of naturalism: How
can the ineluctable normativity of the perspective of agents
interacting in a linguistically structured lifeworld be reconciled
with the contingency of the emergence and evolution of forms of life?
The other is a key problem facing epistemological realism after the
linguistic turn: How can the assumption that there is an independently
existing world be reconciled with the linguistic insight that we
cannot have unmediated access to "brute" reality?

Truth and Justification collects Habermas's major essays on these
topics published since the mid-1990s. They offer detailed discussions
of truth and objectivity as well as an account of the representational
function of language in terms of the formal-pragmatic framework he has
developed. In defending his post-Kantian pragmatism, Habermas draws on
both the continental and analytic traditions and endorses a weak
naturalism and a form of epistemological realism.

Lingfield(s):	Philosophy of Language
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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