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Title Reconstructing theory : Gadamer, Habermas, Luhmann / edited by David Roberts
Published Carlton South, Vic., Australia : Melbourne University Press, 1995


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Description vii, 133 pages ; 22 cm
Series Interpretations, 1039-6128
Contents 1. Introduction / David Roberts -- 2. Gadamer and the Circles of Hermeneutics / John Rundell -- 3. Critical Theory -- Jurgen Habermas / Peter Beilharz -- 4. Niklas Luhmann and the Theory of Social Systems / Paul R. Harrison -- 5. From Text to System: Recent German Literary Theory / David Roberts
Summary It almost seems that you can't be taken seriously as a critical thinker today if you are not au fait with the works of Foucault, Derrida and other French intellectuals. But there is an alternative tradition for those who fear that deconstruction leads only to nihilism. Reconstructing Theory introduces the key thinkers of this alternative tradition - Gadamer, Habermas and Luhmann - and provides succinct outlines of their major works. It investigates their contributions to social and cultural theory, and also analyses the influences of Jauss, Iser and Peter and Christa Burger on literary theory. Whether you are a student of philosophy, literature, society or culture, you will find this book not only an accessible but a provocative introduction to the influential and controversial writings of some the major modern social and cultural theorists. It may after all be possible to do more than despair at our inability to explain the world
Notes CIP confirmed
Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-126) and index
Audience Tertiary students
Subject Gadamer, Hans-Georg, 1900-2002.
Gadamer, Hans-Georg, 1900-2002 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Habermas, Jürgen -- Criticism and interpretation.
Habermas, Jürgen, 1929- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Habermas, Jürgen.
Habermas, J©ơrgen -- Criticism and interpretation
Luhmann, Niklas, 1927-1998 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Luhmann, Niklas, 1927-1998.
Critical theory.
Critical theory.
Criticism -- Germany.
Author Roberts, David, 1937-
LC no. 96139447
ISBN 0522845703
Other Titles Gadamer, Habermas, Luhmann