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The Theory of Communicative Action: Volume 1

Page history last edited by Brian Jennings 8 years, 4 months ago


Tell me this doesn't look like a guy who should have an umlaut in his name.  Something life affirming about reading this book while sitting on the streetcar at the city museum.  Tough, contemporary German philosophy, taxing to read, but if I can make it through this sucker I think my brain will automatically grow. 

Comments (2)

Brian Jennings said

at 12:53 am on Jun 8, 2012

This book is killing me. He is referring to a large body of work and philosophical debates I think only one or two human beings on the planet have full knowledge of. I think I like what he's suggesting about an interpersonal attempt to reach understanding being an inherent part of the communication process, but I'm not really sure I have read enough to understand anything he's actually saying. Okay, actually I'm sure I haven't read enough to understand what he's saying. Pushing through until the end but I think I will have to read all the thinkers he's referencing to really "get it" and I'm not sure I have enough years left, even if I live to 99, to go back to it.

Brian Jennings said

at 9:55 pm on Jul 1, 2012

Speeding through to the end with the realization I've entered a discussion I'm not qualified to understand. The text demands an understanding of the sociologist Max Weber who I've always wanted to read but haven't got to yet. Since this book seems to assume a thorough reading and understanding of Weber's work, I'll probably go to Weber next but this book has burned out so many synapses I'm not sure I'll ever make it back to it.

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