INVITATION TO DIALOGUE – PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE
Initiated by – ANNE BUTTIMER – TORSTEN HAGERSTRAND
DR. RICK RODERICK – Department of Philosophy – DUKE UNIVERSITY
Recorded at – THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN – April 8, 1987
AB: Today we have the pleasure of meeting Doctor Rick Roderick, a philosopher from Duke University who is here visiting the University of Texas which is his alma mater. Yesterday he gave us a brilliant lecture in my seminar and so I asked him if he would meet me today and tell me a little bit more about himself so we keep something of his visit with us. Rick, you are particularly interested in Habermas and the school of critical theory. I want to ask you some things about that, but first I would like to ask you about your background; where you grew up and what it was that led you to philosophy. View Full Article »
Transcript: In this lecture I want to discuss one of the most important philosophers who is still working, still alive, his work ranges over many areas in social theory, it ranges in areas of philosophy, linguistics and so on, and that’s Jurgen Habermas. Habermas is one of the last great defenders of rationalism in a period in philosophy in which rationalism is not held in very high esteem. In many ways Habermas is an outgrowth of one of the figures that we discussed last time, namely Herbert Marcuse and the Frankfurt School; that would include Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer. Habermas was in fact Adorno’s graduate assistant and so the original project that Jurgen Habermas set himself was to reformulate the kinds of theories being worked on by Marcuse, by Horkheimer and by Adorno. In particular his first venture was to reformulate their distinction between traditional theory – understood as both philosophy and science, both – as opposed to what they called “critical theory”; a theory whose interest was in the emancipation of human beings. View Full Article »
Chris: I remember the first time I heard this. It is still a stunning and harrowing delivery....
Abbas: Rest in peace brother. You are greatly missed :( :(...
Dan Harrington: Thank you very much for this website. I have to say, the recordings of these lectures (and all the other ones I have found) show how brilliant a lecturer and communicator Rick Roderick was.
I wish I could have had the privilege to have spent time conversing with him. I actually recently acquired a copy if his book on Habermas.. Do you know if there are any more of his writings still existing?
Gary Roderick: Enter your comments here...hello to the Roderick clan i found this web page by default
I am on a spirtual path and feel there is a reason why I come here
I will look at ricks work and see what it's all about and why I stumbled across it
God bless all of you...
Jeff: Rick's interpretation of Nietzsche's Eternal Recurrence is sublime. Many thanks. J...