Public Sphere and Communicative Rationality: Interrogating Habermas's Eurocentrism

  title={Public Sphere and Communicative Rationality: Interrogating Habermas's Eurocentrism},
  author={Shelton A. Gunaratne},
  journal={Journalism \& Mass Communication Monographs},
  pages={156 - 93}
  • S. Gunaratne
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • Philosophy
  • Journalism & Mass Communication Monographs
Habermas's critical theory of society and modernity, which he developed by reconstructing the concepts of public sphere/civil society and rationality, suffers from some of the same weaknesses attributed to the structural-functionalist modernization theory. Both theories lean solely on European historical experience despite their proponents' claim for “universalism.” The theory of communicative action, wherein Habermas has now implanted the public sphere, is the product of merging philosophy of… 

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