Classical Pragmatism and Communicative Action

Jürgen Habermas

in Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228416
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235544 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Classical Pragmatism and               Communicative Action

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This chapter examines German philosopher Jürgen Habermas' view on the characterization of the role of scientific technology as a type of human activity from the perspective of American Pragmatism. Habermas contends that scientific technology can never be concerned with questions of practical reasons, and in order for scientific technology to do its work it must dismiss such concerns as subjective. This chapter also analyzes Habermas' attempt to construct a middle position between the disparate visions of scientific technology advanced by the positivist right and the Marcusean left.

Keywords: Jürgen Habermas; scientific technology; human activity; American Pragmatism; positivism; Marcusean left

Chapter.  4633 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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