Communicative Action

From Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought

Communicative Action

Essays on Jürgen Habermas's The Theory of Communicative Action

Edited by Axel Honneth and Hans Joas

Translated by Jeremy Gaines and Doris L. Jones




These critical essays on Jürgen Habermas's major contribution to sociological theory, The Theory of Communicative Action, provide an indispensable guide for anyone trying to grasp that large, difficult, and important work. The editors' introduction traces the history of the reception of the work and identifies the main themes on which discussion has focused: a concept of communicative rationality; a theory of action based on distinguishing communicative from instrumental reason; a two-level concept of society that integrates lifeworld and system paradigms; and a critical theory of modernity meant to diagnose the sociopathologies of contemporary society.

Contributors Jeffrey Alexander, Johann P. Arnason, Johannes Berger, Günter Dux, Jürgen Habermas, Hans Joas, Hans-Peter Krüger, Thomas McCarthy, Herbert Schnädelbach, Martin Seel, Charles Taylor


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262081962 311 pp. | 6 in x 9 in

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Axel Honneth

Axel Honneth is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Konstanz.

Hans Joas

Hans Joas is Professor of Sociology at the Free University, Berlin.


Jeremy Gaines and Doris L. Jones.