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    The Latent Cognitive Sociology in Habermas.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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    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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    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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  6. Collective Learning: Habermas's Concessions and Their Theoretical Implications.Piet Strydom - 1987 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 13 (3):265-281.
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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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    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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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