Reconciling Communicative Action with Recognition: thickening the ‘inter’ of intersubjectivity
2006 (English)In: Philosophy & Social Criticism, ISSN 0191-4537, E-ISSN 1461-734X, Vol. 32, no 3, 377-400 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
There is an underlying idea of symmetry involved in mostnotions of rationality. From a dialogical philosophical standpoint, however,the symmetry implied by social contract theories and so-called Golden Rulethinking is anchored to a Cartesian subject–object world and is thereforenot equipped to address recognition – at least not if recognition is to beunderstood as something happening between subjects. For this purpose, thedialogical symmetry implied by Habermas’ communicative action does amuch better job. Still, it is insufficient to embrace those kinds of recognitionthat are dependent on asymmetry and concrete difference. This articleexplores how communicative action could meet the demand of recognitionby investigating a complementary source of validity in communicativerationality, apart from Habermas’ validity claims, in which ‘inter’ is bettercharacterized as mutuality than as symmetry. By recognizing both sourcesof validity, communicative action can open the door more fully to all aspectsof recognition without giving up its universal pragmatic core.
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2006. Vol. 32, no 3, 377-400 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-219041DOI: 10.1177/0191453706063214OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-219041DiVA: diva2:698072