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p. 625. Habermas's theory of modernitylocked

  • James Gordon Finlayson

Abstract

In addition to the systematic side of Habermas's philosophy there is an historic side. He takes from the likes of Hegel, Marx, and hermeneutic philosophy that both the objects and discipline of social theory have histories. An explanation of society must give consideration to history. ‘Habermas's theory of modernity’ brings Habermas's theory of modernity and modernizationis theory into sharper focus to shed light on the hidden moral dimension of his social theory. What is the relationship between morality and modernity? Modernity is more than just a period, it is the social, political, cultural, institutional, and psychological conditions that arise from historical processes. Trying to reverse modernization would be futile; the trick is to work with modernity, not against it.

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