Giddens on Habermas Study Guide

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Giddens, Anthony. 1985. “Jurgen Habermas.” Pp. 123-139 in The Return of Grand Theory in the Human Sciences , edited by Quentin Skinner. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Describe the “Frankfurt School.” Giddens argues that the main theme in Habermas’ work is an effort to unite theory and practice. Explain. According to Habermas, what is wrong with a scientific approach (modeled after the natural sciences, that is) to the study of human social life? What does Habermas suggest is the appropriate way to study human social life? In Knowledge and Human Interests Habermas argued for three different kinds of knowledge. Explain each and show how they are different. Habermas argues that all human communication involves making “validity claims.”
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Unformatted text preview: What is a validity claim? What are the four features of validity claims that Habermas discusses? What is “undistorted communication”? According to Habermas, what is “truth”? What is an “ideal speech situation”? Why and how is it important for the achievement of a “rational consensus”? How does Habermas propose to engage in critically examining individuals, social institutions, and societies? What is “cognitive adequacy”? For Habermas, what is “rationalization”? Is it a good or bad thing? Why? According to Habermas, how do contemporary, modern societies differ from the capitalist society of Marx? What are the central issues and concerns that face contemporary modern societies?...
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