The problem of triple contingency in Habermas

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dc.contributor.author Strydom, Piet
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-13T11:33:25Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-13T11:33:25Z
dc.date.issued 2001-07-01
dc.identifier.citation Strydom, P. (2001) 'The problem of triple contingency in Habermas', Sociological Theory, 19(2), pp. 165-186. doi: 10.1111/0735-2751.00135 en
dc.identifier.volume 19 en
dc.identifier.issued 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 165 en
dc.identifier.endpage 186 en
dc.identifier.issn 0735-2751
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7886
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/0735-2751.00135 en
dc.description.abstract From a certain perspective, Habermas's theory of communicative action is a response, in extension of Mead, Schutz, and Parsons, to the risk of dissension posed by double contingency. Starting from double contingency, both The Theory of Communicative Action and Between Facts and Norms are essentially an elaboration of a solution to this problem in terms of a more fully developed theory of communication than had been available to his predecessors. Given the intense concentration and the immense expenditure of energy on the working out of the coordinating accomplishments and structures required by the complex solution envisaged by him, it is unsurprising that Habermas overlooks the next most important problem intermittently raised by the theory of communicative action, namely, the problem of “triple contingency,” that is, the contingency that the public brings into the social process. This has far-reaching implications for Habermas's place in the sociological tradition and for the relation of the younger generation to him. Because of his continued search for a solution to a problem posed in the classical phase of sociology and his concomitant failure to develop the new problem that he himself raised in the course of so doing, he can be classified with Parsons as being a neoclassical sociologist. He nevertheless bequeaths a serious problem to contemporary sociology. en
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dc.publisher SAGE Publications on behalf of the American Sociological Association en
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1111/0735-2751.00135
dc.rights © 2001, American Sociological Association. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Habermas en
dc.subject Theory of communicative action en
dc.subject Double contingency en
dc.subject Triple contingency en
dc.title The problem of triple contingency in Habermas en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Piet Strydom, Sociology and Philosophy (Emeritus), University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. T: +353-21-490-3000 en
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dc.identifier.journaltitle Sociological Theory en
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dc.identifier.eissn 1467-9558


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