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Between Facts & Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law & Democracy (Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought)

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"[A] fascinating synthesis of Continental and Anglo-American legal theory. . . full of interesting insights, acute criticisms, and striking passages".
-- Richard A. Posner, "The New Republic" In "Between Facts and Norms" Jü rgen Habermas works out the legal and political implications of his "Theory of Communicative Action" (1981), bringing to fruition the project announced
Paperback, 675 pages
Published January 9th 1998 by MIT Press (first published 1992)
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John Borthwick
Habermas is a philosopher that I rarely see getting a lot of credit or discussion, and if I do he is usually being criticized. However his political and sociological work have had a huge impact on me and the way I view civilization and power. So I'm writing a review (1.) to say this is a really good book. And (2.) that I think a lot of the criticism of Habermas comes from misinterpretation.

Habermas's magnum opus, "The Theory of Communicative Action", is a sprawling and difficult work to read. I
Stefan Szczelkun
Oct 27, 2014 Stefan Szczelkun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Habermas takes the insights of his Theory of Communicative Action and applies them to a study of jurisprudence. The book loops its argumentation through a wide variety of discourses and can be repetitive. I found this repetition useful as a contemplative device. The aim is to argue for a legal system that is underpinned by a set of inclusive democratic validations. Law and law making that is a dynamic and continually re-evaluated enactment of the peoples will.
As usual with Habermas his refusal
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This book is a very interesting attempt and I think largely successful attempt to bring together the liberal/rights strain of democratic thought and the republican/popular sovereignty strain. I see a lot of Habermas's thinking in contemporary democratic political theory, although this debt often goes unacknowledged. This book is also dizzyingly complex - if you think you know Habermas from only his essays you have no idea what you're in for. Of the arguments I understood, I found them quite inno ...more
I mean I understood about every other page (if I was lucky). But seriously, apart from writing on things that I believed he could have said in much common sense terms, he does make a couple of valid points on discourse theory and law, mostly his discussions in regards to the relationship between law and morality.
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Too many long words. Even if he only used the word "hermeneutically" just once that is way too often...
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Jürgen Habermas is a German sociologist and philosopher in the tradition of critical theory and American pragmatism. He is perhaps best known for his work on the concept of the public sphere, the topic of his first book entitled The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere. His work focuses on the foundations of social theory and epistemology, the analysis of advanced capitalistic societies ...more
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