Pluralism and the Pragmatic Turn

The Transformation of Critical Theory, Essays in Honor of Thomas McCarthy

Author: William Rehg,James Bohman

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262264303

Category: Philosophy

Page: 465

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The essays in this volume reflect on and expand Frankfurt School critical theory as reformulated after World War II by Karl-Otto Apel, Jürgen Habermas, and others. Frankfurt School critical theory since the pragmatic turn has become a richer source of critical analysis that is at the same time socially and politically more effective. The essays are dedicated to Thomas McCarthy, who has done perhaps more than any other scholar to introduce English-speaking audiences to contemporary German critical theory.The book is organized into three parts. Part one deals with social theory and the rational basis of communication, including basic issues raised by the pragmatic turn. Part two examines conceptions of autonomy and the self. Part three deals with political theory, focusing on problems stemming from sociocultural pluralism. Together, the essays provide an overview of the latest developments in Frankfurt School critical theory as it responds to the challenges of pragmatism and social pluralism.

The Critical Theory of Axel Honneth

Author: Danielle Petherbridge

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739172042

Category: Philosophy

Page: 226

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The Critical Theory of Axel Honneth provides a comprehensive study of the work of Axel Honneth, tracing the theoretical trajectory from his earliest writings on philosophical anthropology to the development of a theory of recognition. The book argues that Honneth’s early work provides important insights for the reconstruction of the normative project of critical theory and the articulation of a conceptual framework for analyzing social relations of power and domination. Danielle Petherbridge contends, however, that these aims are not fully realized in Honneth’s more mature project and that central insights recede as his project develops. Petherbridge seeks to demonstrate that the basis for an alternative theory of intersubjectivity that can account for both an adequate theory of power and normative forms of subject-formation can be immanently reconstructed from within Honneth’s own work. By contextualizing Honneth’s project in relation to its theoretical influences, The Critical Theory of Axel Honneth provides a critical study and excellent entry point that will be essential reading for both students and scholars who work in the areas of European philosophy, critical theory, social and political philosophy, or social and political theory.

The Burden of Democracy

The Claims of Culture, Public Culture, and Democratic Memory

Author: Geneviève Souillac

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739171895

Category: Political Science

Page: 220

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In The Burden of Democracy: The Claims of Cultures and Public Culture, Geneviève Souillac offers an original contribution to the debate on contemporary democratic ethics and vindicates the universal development of democracy. This book argues that a public culture articulated around the three principles of deliberative justice, history and encounter can deepen inclusion, mediation, and democratic pluralism under conditions of postmodernity.


Author: Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy

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Critical conversations

a theory of press criticism

Author: Wendy N. Wyatt

Publisher: Hampton Pr

ISBN: 9781572737396

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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Critical Theory and the Human Condition

Founders and Praxis

Author: Michael A. Peters,Colin Lankshear,Mark Olssen

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9780820451688

Category: Education

Page: 288

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This book presents essays written by internationally acclaimed scholars on the leading figures and major social projects and movements within the tradition of critical theory. <I>Critical Theory and the Human Condition is organized in two parts: -Labors of the Dialectic- and -Projects and Movements-. -Labors of the Dialectic- addresses key themes associated with the work of Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, Eric Fromm, Herbert Marcuse, Hannah Arendt, Karl Marx and Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Jurgen Habermas and Maxine Greene. Their work is situated in relation to contemporary issues associated with the human condition. -Projects and Movements- deals with the new politics of cynicism, knowledge, dialogue and humanization, critical race theory, critical multiculturalism, the body and feminist aesthetics, cultural studies, and the environment."

Radical Philosophy

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Category: Philosophy

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The Rhetorical Pursuit of Political Advantage

Toward a Rhetorical Theory for Democratic Politics

Author: Scott Michael Welsh

Publisher: N.A


Category: Oral communication

Page: 640

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This dissertation explores the relationship between rhetoric and democracy. More specifically, it examines the theoretical demeaning of the rhetorical pursuit of political advantage that pervades normative theories of public deliberation in democracy, including both liberal and discourse theories. The main argument of the dissertation is that such theories wrongly oppose the idea of authentically democratic speech to strategic, tactical, or rhetorical modes of address. In contrast with the aversion to rhetoric found in normative theories of public deliberation, particularly those variously inspired by John Rawls and Jurgen Habermas, I advance an argument for an essential and productive relationship between rhetoric and democracy as suggested by Kenneth Burke and Michel de Certeau. Since currently marginalized citizens must, by necessity, deploy hegemonic discourses strategically in pursuit of a measure of political power or representation, theories of public deliberation in democracy that deny the general democratic legitimacy of the rhetorical pursuit of political advantage ideologically undermine democratic challengers. Instead of encouraging citizens to seriously attend to, and value, the essential democratic struggle for political advantage, prominent theories of public deliberation in democracy denigrate it. While the rhetorical pursuit of political advantage is susceptible to anti-democratic excesses, particularly of the sort that jeopardize peaceful association and truthful politics, theorists and citizens should not imagine an end to such excesses in visions of understanding or justification-oriented communication, but should look instead to effective counter-rhetorics. Peaceful association and epistemically accountable political speech should be regarded as situated, rhetorical-political achievements against the aims of the militant and the deceptive. Hence, this dissertation recommends that, rather than opposing democracy to rhetorical politics, citizens and theorists alike should recognize democracy in the broad proliferation of an effective ability, among diversely motivated people and groups, to win a share of political power rhetorically.

John Rawls

A Bibliography

Author: N.A

Publisher: Reference & Research Services


Category: Reference

Page: 64

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a bibliography of the work of John Rawls and critical literature about his work.

The Philosopher's Index

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Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy

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Vols. for 1969- include a section of abstracts.

After Philosophy

End Or Transformation?

Author: Kenneth Baynes,James Bohman

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262521130

Category: Philosophy

Page: 488

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After Philosophy provides an excellent framework for understanding the most important strains of current philosophical work in North America, England, France, and Germany. The selections from the work of fourteen contemporary philosophers not only display the multiplicity of approaches being pursued since the breakup of any consensus on what philosophy is, but also help to clarify this proliferation of views and to spell out today's basic options for doing, or not doing, philosophy today. With a general introduction delineating what is in dispute between the different parties to the end-of-philosophy debates, brief introductions to the thought of each author, and suggestions for further reading following each selection, After Philosophy is ideally suited for use in any course that includes an overview of the bewildering variety of contemporary approaches to philosophy.The major sections and contributors are: I. The End of Philosophy. Richard Rorty Jean-François Lyotard, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida. II. The Transformation of Philosophy: Systematic Proposals. Donald Davidson, Michael Dummett, Hilary Putnam, Karl-Otto Apel, Jürgen Habermas. III. The Transformation of Philosophy: Hermeneutics, Narrative, Rhetoric. Hans-Georg Gadamer, Paul Ricoeur, Alasdair Maclntyre, Hans Blumenberg, Charles Taylor.Kenneth Baynes is currently doing postgraduate research at the University of Frankfurt. James Bohman lectures in philosophy at Boston University, and Thomas McCarthy is a professor of philosophy at Northwestern University and the editor of the MIT Press series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought.


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Publisher: N.A


Category: Communication and culture

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Transformations of Citizenship

Dilemmas of the Nation State in the Era of Globalization : Two Lectures

Author: Seyla Benhabib

Publisher: Uitgeverij Van Gorcum

ISBN: 9789023237242

Category: Citizenship

Page: 76

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A fatal drifting apart

democratic social knowledge and Chicago reform

Author: Laura M. Westhoff

Publisher: Ohio State Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780814210581

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 309

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The eyes of the country frequently turned to Chicago during the 1890s as the Windy City struggled with the promises and challenges of urban democracy. Americans of all classes feared the social dislocations and economic divisions of urbanization and industrialization, and the effects of political corruption and massive immigration on democratic politics. Yet many reformers were hopeful that new forms of social knowledge and urban reform could reinvigorate democracy. They saw the moment as one of great possibility. A Fatal Drifting Apart: Democratic Social Knowledge and Chicago Reform explores the efforts of diverse groups within Chicago during the Progressive Era. This backdrop of industrialization, emerging classes, and ethnic and racial pluralism frequently riven with class conflict set the stage on which Chicago reformers took up the seemingly impossible challenge of enacting democracy. Laura M. Westhoff examines historic events and well-known individuals of the period and brings them together in an unusual framework that offers a new perspective on the reorientation of knowledge, civic identity, and democratic culture at the dawn of the twentieth century, which she terms democratic social knowledge. The book raises important questions that continue to resonate: In a democracy, who has the power to define social problems and offer solutions, and whose experience and knowledge are seen as legitimate?


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