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written in 1967 as an exercise in selfclarification on the logic of the social sciences is unmatched in its scope insights and impact the point of departure for habermas twenty year effort to reconstruct critical social theory it is an indispensable aid to understanding his recent work on the theory of communicative action. On the logic of the social sciences book read reviews from worlds largest community for readers in a provocative argument that ends with his own sharp. In this wide ranging work now available in paperback habermas presents his views on the nature of the social sciences and their distinctive methodology and concerns he examines among other things the traditional division between the natural sciences and the social sciences the characteristics of social action and the implications of theories of language for social enquiry and the nature . The logic of the social sciences i propose to begin my paper on the logic of the social sciences with two theses which express the contrast between our knowl edge and our ignorance first thesis we have a fair amount of knowledge moreover we know not only details of doubtful intellectual interest but also