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Critique of Instrumental Reason from Weber to Habermas

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Beschreibung

What different kinds of reason are possible, and which ones are the most appropriate for a legitimate, as opposed to a merely legitimated state?The book opens with an analysis of Weber as a figure who marks a key moment of sociological transition. Weber articulates a distinctly different view to Enlightenment thinkers who believe in the capacity of reason to improve society and emancipate humanity from ignorance and domination. Weber signals that the institutionalization of the instrumental reason particular to industrial society might actually be an effective tool in the struggle for social supremacy. He notes that in comparison with charismatic and traditional legitimation, modern forms of legal-rational legitimation are de-personalised, anonymously bureaucratic, and much more difficult to combat.The book then looks at various responses to Weber's diagnosis, from Lukács and Benjamin to Horkheimer, Adorno, Heidegger, Arendt, Simmel, Foucault and Habermas. The study culminates with a sociological reading of critical theory that draws together Adorno's concept of non-identity with Habermas on communicative reason and Luhmann on social complexity and differentiation.



Autorentext

Darrow Schecter is Reader in the of History, Art History and Humanities, of , UK. He has written books and articles on social and political thought, including Beyond Hegemony (2005); The History of the Left From Marx to the Present: Theoretical Perspectives (2007), and Critique of Instrumental Reason from Weber to Habermas (2010). He teaches history and political theory at the University of Sussex.



Inhalt

Introduction
1: From Reason to Rationalisation: The Emergence of the Weberian Paradigm
2: The Revolutionary Critique of Instrumental Reason: Lukács and Benjamin
3: Horkheimer, Adorno and Critical Theory
4: The Ontological and Republican Critiques: Heidegger and Arendt
5: Reason, Thinking and the Critique of Everyday Life
6: From Rationalisation to Communicative Action: The Emergence of the Habermasian Paradigm
Conclusion: On Post-Liberal Autonomy and Post-Capitalist Legitimacy
Bibliography
Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Critique of Instrumental Reason from Weber to Habermas
Autor:
EAN: 9781441152572
ISBN: 978-1-4411-5257-2
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Bloomsbury Usa
Genre: Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 272
Veröffentlichung: 20.05.2010
Jahr: 2010
Untertitel: Englisch