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What justification does Habermas offer for his critique of Gadamer's hereneutical approach to society and social science? Is Habermas's approach more justified than Gadamer's or other approaches?

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise on the question (see above) pertaining to the critique Jurgen Habermas offered on Gadamer's hermeneutical approach to society and the social science. Their ideas are presented and reflected upon. resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. A word version of the solution is also attached.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The debate between the philosophers listed are long and complex but I believe what your professor is asking from you is to demonstrate an understanding of just how they differ. This is what you should do then - simplify their debate in terms that can be understood. I suggest the following outline:

1. Habermas' ideas on hermeneutics - 100 words
2. Gadamer's criticism - 100 words
3. Habermas' reply - 100 words
4. Your opinion - 100 words

The above outline should demonstrate an understanding of the topic but should also allow you to answer the main points in the question. I have followed this simple outline in the narrative below. Also, bear in mind that the debate between these two has been published via an exchange of reviews and reactions on each other's work since 1967.This solution should get you started. Best of luck with your studies.

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Habermas' Ideas

Jurgen Habermas is considered to be one of the foremost thinkers of the present. A critical theorist, his ideas are of great influence n philosophy and sociology and in particular, hermeneutics which is the theory of knowledge. For him, human beings create and root the way they make meaning and come to understand each other and share ideas or come to know of ideas and knowledge via discourse. But language, while a universal human ...

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