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Pragmatism as Post-PostmodernismLessons from John Dewey$
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Larry A. Hickman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228416

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228416.001.0001

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Classical Pragmatism and Communicative Action

Classical Pragmatism and Communicative Action

(p.65) Four Classical Pragmatism and Communicative Action
Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism

Jürgen Habermas

Fordham University Press

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

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