Habermas, history and social evolution: Moral learning and the trial of Louis XVI

Authors
Citation
Ar. How, Habermas, history and social evolution: Moral learning and the trial of Louis XVI, SOCIOLOGY, 35(1), 2001, pp. 177-194
Citations number
39
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
ISSN journal
0038-0385 → ACNP
Volume
35
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
177 - 194
Database
ISI
SICI code
0038-0385(200102)35:1<177:HHASEM>2.0.ZU;2-5
Abstract
In recent times, under the influence of postmodernist thought sociology has largely rejected the idea of social evolution. An exception to this trend is to be found in the work of Jurgen Habermas. Habermas's account of social evolution has received some critical attention, but in sociology wider det ail of the picture is not well known. Habermas wishes to hold to the possib ility that evolutionary progress can be discerned not only in the sphere of technical control, but also in the sphere of social and moral development. The paper presents Habermas's views on social evoluton within the wider co ntext of his development of critical theory as a 'reconstructive science'. It suggests that his account has been able to resist many of the standard c riticisms of evolutionary theory and that a renewal of interest in this are a could provide a rich vein of new sociological knowledge.