Translator's Introduction. 1. What is Universal Pragmatics?. 2. Moral Development and Ego Identity. 3. Historical Materialsim and the Development of Normative Structures. 4. Towards a Reconstruction of Historical Materialism. 5. Legitimation Problems in the Modern State. Notes. Index.
Jurgen Habermas is a German philosopher and sociologist in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism. He is perhaps best known for his theories on communicative rationality and the public sphere. In 2014, Prospect readers chose Habermas as one of their favourites among the "world's leading thinkers".