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Communicative action

LAURENCE J. RAY


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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631207535.1997.x


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Communicative action is central to H abermas's claim that interpersonal understanding is dependent on norms of truth, sincerity, justice, and freedom. Whether acknowledged or not, uncoerced agreement requires that dialog partners have equal chances to deploy S peech acts , and utterances are comprehensible, true, appropriate, and sincerely spoken. Communicative action is illocutionary speech where validity claims are open to public scrutiny, making possible an ideal consensus based solely on the force of better argument. This emacipatory dimension of language, however, is counterfactual—it is recovered through philosophical critique rather than empirical observation. Hence it is also known as the “ideal speech situation.” 1981 ( 1987 ): Theory of Communicative Action . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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