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Habermas: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #125)

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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 more concrete applications in the fields of ethics, politics, and law. Finally, it examines how Habermas's social and political theory informs his ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 26th 2005)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Habermas: A Very Short Introduction , James Gordon Finlayson
عنوان: درآمدی بر هابرماس؛ نویسنده: جیمز گوردون فینلیسون؛ مترجم: هاشم آقابیگ پوری؛ تهران، انتشارات جامعه شناسان، 1394؛ در 212 ص؛ کتابنامه دارد، نمایه دارد، واژه نامه دارد؛ شابک: 9786005546903؛ موضوع: هابرماس قرن 21 م
Stephen Wong
Dec 10, 2013 Stephen Wong rated it really liked it
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 ...more
David Berry
Jun 05, 2012 David Berry rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jenny  Wakefield
May 29, 2011 Jenny Wakefield rated it it was amazing
Great introduction to Habermas. This is a great way to get introduced to his theory and thinking.
Eugene Pustoshkin
Nice introduction, many sections were extremely interesting to read. Enlightening.
Abi Rhodes
Dec 22, 2014 Abi Rhodes rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, concise introduction to Habermas and his essential theories.
Steve Garner
Apr 24, 2016 Steve Garner rated it liked it
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.
Jun 09, 2015 Jamie rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 30, 2009 Alex rated it liked it
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
Jan 15, 2016 Jacob rated it it was ok
Shelves: political
A nice introduction to Habermas, though the author does tend to misrepresent the views of Habermas's critics, characterizing them as post-modern relativists.
Feb 12, 2009 David rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2009
I love this Very Short Introduction series. Gives you a flavor, then you decide if you want more.
Jul 04, 2012 Alycia rated it liked it
Shelves: print-culture
Read all of this I intend to (I think), searching for the public sphere bits.
Mary-anne Clarke
Very accessable introduction to Habermas
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May 17, 2008 Paul Killebrew rated it it was amazing
Will I ever read Habermas in the flesh?
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