Knowledge and Human Interests
|Knowledge and Human Interests|
The German edition
|Original title||Erkenntnis und Interesse|
|Translator||Jeremy J. Shapiro|
|Pages||392 (English edition)|
|ISBN||0-7456-0459-5 (English edition)|
Knowledge and Human Interests (German: Erkenntnis und Interesse) is a 1968 book by the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas. The work was first published in English translation in 1972, by Heinemann Educational Books.
Knowledge and Human Interests can be regarded as a follow-up work to the positivism dispute between the critical rationalists and the Frankfurt school. Habermas' intention is to analyze the relation between knowledge and interests.
Jeffrey Abramson groups Habermas's work with Herbert Marcuse's Eros and Civilization (1955), Norman O. Brown's Life Against Death (1959), Philip Rieff's Freud: The Mind of the Moralist (1959), and Paul Ricœur's Freud and Philosophy (1965), believing that they jointly placed Sigmund Freud at the center of moral and philosophical inquiry.
- Abramson 1986. p. ix.
- Knowledge & Human Interest, 1968, publ. Polity Press, 1987: Chapter Three: The Idea of the Theory of Knowledge as Social Theory