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Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

Narrated by: Christine Williams
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
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Jürgen 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' social and political theory informs his writing on real, current political and social problems. The author explores Habermas's influence on a wide variety of fields - including philosophy, political and social theory, cultural studies, sociology, and literary studies. He uses a problem-based approach to explain how Habermas' ideas can be applied to actual social and political situations. The book also includes a glossary of technical terms to further acquaint the reader with Habermas' philosophy. Unlike other writing on Habermas, this introduction is accessibly written and explains his intellectual framework and technical vocabulary, rather than simply adopting it.

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Excellent introduction to a very difficult philosophical project

This book is very well conceived, and also very well read. It provides the necessary overview to a massive philosophical project that would take some years to digest. It may not be for a beginner, but someone with some background in philosophy and political theory may find it very stimulating.

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Really very good

A round view of Habermas' theory. Good for discovering a positive and progressive political science.

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Good overview, but brutally abstract

Good overview, but brutally abstract and a bit of a chore to digest. Especially his "linguistic turn " section.

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A Great Intro!

A great stepping stone to reading Habermas himself! Habermas is much easier to follow if you have an understanding of his bigger project!

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You will immediately thing more clearly

This book offers a short but clear overview of one of the most important thinkers of our time. A must listen for anyone interested in political philosophy.

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  • 08-25-16

Pretty good!

This is a very solid intro to Habermas. The narrator with a breathy counsellor voice is a bit off-putting but otherwise very good.