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Ideas of Jürgen Habermas, by Text

[German, b.1929, Born in Dusseldorf. Professor at Frankfurt, and Starnberg.]

1981 The Theory of Communicative Action
p.28 We can do social philosophy by studying coordinated action through language use [Finlayson]
p.38 Meaning is not fixed by a relation to the external world, but a relation to other speakers [Finlayson]
p.60 People endorse equality, universality and inclusiveness, just by their communicative practices [Finlayson]
p.65 The aim of 'post-metaphysical' philosophy is to interpret the sciences [Finlayson]
p.78 Rather than instrumental reason, Habermas emphasises its communicative role [Oksala]
p.258 What is considered a priori changes as language changes [Bowie]
p.263 Habermas seems to make philosophy more democratic [Bowie]
p.373 Political involvement is needed, to challenge existing practices [Kymlicka]
I:297 p.37 To understand a statement is to know what would make it acceptable
1990 Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action
p.102 Moral right is linked to validity and truth, so morality is a matter of knowledge, not an expression of values [Finlayson]
p.67 p.69 Move from individual willing of a general law, to willing norms agreed with other people
1996 Between Facts and Norms
p.107 p.79 Actions norms are only valid if everyone possibly affected is involved in the discourse
1998 On the Pragmatics of Communications
p.228 p.34 To understand language is to know how to use it to reach shared understandings