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    The Latent Cognitive Sociology in Habermas: Extrapolated From Between Facts and Norms.Piet Strydom - 2015 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 41 (3):273-291.
    The aim of this article is twofold: to display some of the fruitful starting points in the later Habermas’ principal monograph for the development of a new kind of cognitive sociology; and to indicate the form of such a sociology by critically extrapolating its major parameters from Habermas’ assumptions regarding immanent transcendence, formal pragmatics and reconstructive sociology. The intended cognitive sociology is conceived as a refinement of a hitherto largely implicit dimension of Critical Theory. Its promise is far-reaching: to sharpen (...)
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    Triple Contingency: The Theoretical Problem of the Public in Communication Societies.Piet Strydom - 1999 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 25 (2):1-25.
    This paper seeks to show that the proposition of 'double contingency' introduced by Parsons and defended by Luhmann and Habermas is insufficient under the conditions of contemporary communication societies. In the latter context, the increasing differentiation and organization of communication processes eventuated in the recognition of the epistemic authority of the public, which in turn compels us to conceptualize a new level of contingency. A first step is therefore taken to capture the role of the public in communication societies theoretically (...)
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    The Ontogenetic Fallacy: The Immanent Critique of Habermas's Developmental Logical Theory of Evolution.Piet Strydom - 1992 - Theory, Culture and Society 9 (3):65-93.
    Since the emergence of neo-evolutionism in the 1960s, various critiques of the theory of social or socio-cultural evolution have been forwarded, including notably those of Immanuel Wallerstein, Alain Touraine and Anthony Giddens who decisively reject the idea of evolution. Within this context, Jürgen Habermas's theory of socio-cultural evolution has also become a specific object of critique, the best known in the English-speaking world being, perhaps, Michael Schmid's critique. While the latter is ultimately based on neo-Darwinistic assumptions which allow a non-Marxist (...)
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  4. Collective Learning: Habermas's Concessions and Their Theoretical Implications.Piet Strydom - 1987 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 13 (3):265-281.
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    Critical Theory of Justice: On Forst's 'Basic Structure of Justification' From a Cognitive-Sociological Perspective.Piet Strydom - 2015 - Philosophical Inquiry 39 (2):110-133.
    This article offers a perspective on the critical theory of justice by presenting a structural and processual reconstruction of Rainer Forst’s intriguing yet somewhatopaque concept of a basic structure of justification which is central to his proposed critique of justificatory relations. It shows from a cognitive-sociological perspective what a cooperative relation between a philosophical theory of justice and a social scientific approach could mean for critical theory. A basic structure of justification is revealed to be a cognitively available reflexive order (...)
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    The Problem of Triple Contingency in Habermas.Piet Strydom - 2001 - Sociological Theory 19 (2):165-186.
    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 (...)
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    Intersubjectivity – Interactionist or Discursive? Reflections on Habermas’ Critique of Brandom.Piet Strydom - 2006 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 32 (2):155-172.
    This article argues that there is a marked ambivalence in Habermas’ concept of intersubjectivity in that he wavers between an interactionist and a discursive understanding. This ambivalence is demonstrated with reference to his recent critique of Robert Brandom's normative pragmatic theory of discursive practice. Although Habermas is a leading theorist of discourse as an epistemically steered process, he allows his interpretation of Brandom's theory as suffering from objective idealism to compel him to recoil from discourse and to defend a purely (...)
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    Philosophies of Social Science: The Classic and Contemporary Readings.Gerard Delanty & Piet Strydom (eds.) - 2003 - Open University.
    “This book will certainly prove to be a useful resource and reference point … a good addition to anyone’s bookshelf.” Network "This is a superb collection, expertly presented. The overall conception seems splendid, giving an excellent sense of the issues... The selection and length of the readings is admirably judged, with both the classic texts and the few unpublished pieces making just the right points." William Outhwaite, Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex "... an indispensable book for all of us (...)
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  9. Contemporary European Cognitive Social Theory.Piet Strydom - 2006 - In Gerard Delanty (ed.), The Handbook of Contemporary European Social Theory. Routledge. pp. 218.
     
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    Introduction: A Cartography of Contemporary Cognitive Social Theory.Piet Strydom - 2007 - European Journal of Social Theory 10 (3):339-356.
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    Cognitive Fluidity and Climate Change: A Critical Social-Theoretical Approach to the Current Challenge.Piet Strydom - 2015 - European Journal of Social Theory 18 (3):236-256.
    This article seeks to enrich the social-theoretical and sociological approach to climate change by arguing in favour of a weak naturalistic ontology beyond the usually presupposed methodological sociologism or culturalism. Accordingly, attention is drawn to the elementary social forms that mediate between nature and the sociocultural form of life and thus figure as the central object of a critical sociological explanation of impediments retarding or preventing a transition to a sustainable global society. The argument is illustrated by a comparison of (...)
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    The Sociocultural Self-Creation of a Natural Category: Social-Theoretical Reflections on Human Agency Under the Temporal Conditions of the Anthropocene.Piet Strydom - 2016 - European Journal of Social Theory 20 (1):61-79.
    Following the recent recognition that humans are an active force in nature that gave rise to a new geological epoch, this article explores the implications of the shift to the Anthropocene for social theory. The argument assumes that the emerging conditions compel an expansion and deepening of the timescale of the social-theoretical perspective and that such an enhancement has serious repercussions for the concept of human agency. First, the Anthropocene is conceptualized as a nascent cognitively structured cultural model rather than (...)
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    Infinity, Infinite Processes and Limit Concepts: Recovering a Neglected Background of Social and Critical Theory.Piet Strydom - 2017 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 43 (8):793-811.
    This article seeks to recover a neglected chapter in the historical and theoretical background of social theory in general and critical theory in particular with a view to refining the understanding of the presuppositions of a cognitively enhanced critical social science appropriate to our troubled times. For this purpose, it offers a brief reconstruction of the mathematical-philosophical tradition from ancient to modern times by extrapolating that part of it that is marked by the ideas of infinity, infinite processes and limit (...)
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    Is the Social Scientific Concept of Structure a Myth? A Critical Response to Harré.Piet Strydom - 2002 - European Journal of Social Theory 5 (1):124-133.
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    Hermeneutic Culturalism and its Double: A Key Problem in the Reflexive Modernization Debate.Piet Strydom - 1999 - European Journal of Social Theory 2 (1):45-69.
    Proceeding from the debate opened by Beck, Giddens and Lash’s Reflexive Modernization, this paper seeks to clear the way for a more consistent and coherent concept of reflexivity in relation to the cultural-symbolic foundations of society. Seeing that Lash in his contribution to the debate inadvertently raises a key problem, i.e., the broad cognitive problem, the paper develops a critique of his hermeneutic culturalism. It focuses on the disparity between the position explicitly put forward in the debate with Beck and (...)
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    The Contemporary Habermas: Towards Triple Contingency?Piet Strydom - 1999 - European Journal of Social Theory 2 (2):253-263.
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    Us $29.95.Steven R. Corman, Marshall Scott Poole, Gerard Delanty & Piet Strydom - 2006 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 36 (1):119-122.
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  18. Positivism, its Dissolution and the Emergence of Post-Empiricicism.D. Delanty & Piet Strydom - 2003 - In Gerard Delanty & Piet Strydom (eds.), Philosophies of Social Science: The Classic and Contemporary Readings. Open University. pp. 13--25.
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    Cognition and Recognition: On the Problem of the Cognitive in Honneth.Piet Strydom - 2012 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 38 (6):591-607.
    While concurring with Honneth’s reconstruction of reification as a form of forgetfulness, this article questions the way in which he arrives at that conclusion as well as the conceptual status he ascribes to recognition – the instance with reference to which reification is exhibited as distortion or deformation. It argues, first, that Honneth’s dualistic mode of argumentation falls behind the left-Hegelian tradition which he himself seeks to revitalize, thus causing a serious architectonic problem; and, second, that while polemicizing strongly against (...)
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  20. Habermas’s Late Project of Postsecular Postmetaphysical Thinking. [REVIEW]Piet Strydom - 2020 - European Journal of Social Theory 23 (4):654-660.
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    Introduction to Apel.Piet Strydom - 2000 - European Journal of Social Theory 3 (2):131-136.
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    Karl-Otto Apel: An Obituary.Piet Strydom - 2017 - European Journal of Social Theory 20 (4):569-575.
    Following Karl-Otto Apel's death on 15 May 2017, this obituary gives an overview of his academic and intellectual biography from the perspective of someone who knew him personally.
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    On Habermas’s Differentiation of Rightness From Truth: Can an Achievement Concept Do Without a Validity Concept?Piet Strydom - 2018 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 45 (5):555-574.
    The metaproblematic of this article is the cognitive structure of morality. In the context of an investigation into Habermas’s theory of validity which respects his strong cognitivism and emphasis...
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  24. Review Essay. [REVIEW]Piet Strydom - 2000 - European Journal of Social Theory 3 (3):364-369.
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  25. Review Essay: Honneth’s Sociological Turn. [REVIEW]Piet Strydom - 2013 - European Journal of Social Theory 16 (4):530-542.
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    Social Epistemology or Cognitive Sociology? On Steve Fuller's Interpretation of Thomas Kuhn.Piet Strydom - 2003 - Social Epistemology 17 (2-3):297-300.
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    The Social Theory of Literary Theory: Comments on Eli Thorkelson, “the Silent Social Order of the Theory Classroom”.Piet Strydom - 2008 - Social Epistemology 22 (2):197 – 201.
    Considering the general analytical ability—whether applied to conceptual or social materials—and the quality of the argumentation characterising it, Eli Thorkelson's “The Silent Social Order of the Theory Classroom” is a remarkable piece, all the more so considering that it was an honours submission. Keeping this overall evaluation in mind throughout, I propose to confine the following short commentary to a critical assessment focused single-mindedly on the theoretical structure of the piece. To be able to do so in a comprehensible manner, (...)
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