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Page-by-page commentary on Jürgen Habermas, The Theory of Communicative Action, vol. 1: Reason and the Rationalization of Society
copyright 1981 by Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
translated by Thomas McCarthy
published 1984 by Beacon Press (Boston)

Introduction: Approaches to the Problem of Rationality[edit]

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3 Learning as an internally reconstructible sequence of stages of competence.
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"Rationality" -- A Preliminary Specification[edit]

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11 Distinction between realist and phenomenological approaches.
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15 Communicative rationality within a communication community.
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17 Critique of Wittgenstein’s rules, as used by Habermas.
18 Argumentation vs. force. Strategic and communicative action. Grounding is interwoven with learning.
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20 Cultural values, norms of action, and claims to universality.
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Some Characteristics of the Mythical and the Modern Ways of Understanding the World[edit]

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Relations to the World and Aspects of Rationality in Four Sociological Concepts of Action[edit]

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The Problem of Understanding Meaning in the Social Sciences[edit]

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Max Weber's Theory of Rationalization[edit]

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Occidental Rationalism[edit]

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The Disenchantment of Religious-Metaphysical Worldviews and the Emergence of Modern Structures of Consciousness[edit]

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Modernization as Societal Rationalization: The Role of the Protestant Ethic[edit]

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The Rationalization of Law: Weber's Diagnosis of the Times[edit]

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Intermediate Reflections: Social Action, Purposive Activity, and Communication[edit]

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From Lukacs to Adorno: Rationalization as Reification[edit]

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Max Weber in the Tradition of Western Marxism[edit]

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The Critique of Instrumental Reason[edit]

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