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The Force of Reason

By (author) Arie Brand
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Sydney, Australia
Published: 1st Jan 1990
Dimensions: w 138mm h 216mm
Weight: 412g
ISBN-10: 0043701906
ISBN-13: 9780043701904
Barcode No: 9780043701904
Synopsis
The work of Jurgen Habermas occupies a commanding position within contemporary social theory. His two-volume opus, "The Theory of Communicative Action", is the key text for an understanding of his contribution to current theoretical debates. However, as Arie Brand writes, the central importance of this massive and audacious work is not matched by its accessibility. "The Force of Reason" attempts to deal with this problem; it is written for students who want some preparation before undertaking the study of Habermas' main work, and for their teachers. By first tracing the main outlines of Habermas' theory, "The Force of Reason" provides an intellectual map which introduces key features of the theory of communicative action. Then, in a final chapter, the main arguments and critiques which have developed in the international discussion of Habermas' most important work are summarized. Arie Brand teaches sociology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has taught at the University of Aberdeen and at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. This book is intended for students and researchers in social and political theory.

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