Handlung, Lebenswelt und System in der soziologischen Theoriebildung: Zur Kritik der Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns von Jürgen Habermas

Bohnen, Alfred
July 1984
Zeitschrift für Soziologie;jul1984, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p191
Academic Journal
One of the main themes in the discussion on the sociological work of Talcott Parsons concerns the relationship between action theory and system perspective in sociology. Recently Jürgen Habermas has proposed a solution to this problem, according to which the two perspectives are complementary: the theory of action is confined to analyzing those kinds of social integration which participating individuals achieve through direct communication; the system theoretical approach applies to all forms of social integration which are the unintended results of the actions of individuals. It is argued that on the level of explanatory theory such an integration of action and system view is neither possible nor necessary.


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