Habermas and validity claims

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At the heart of J├╝rgen Habermas's explication of communicative rationality is the contention that all speech acts oriented to understanding raise three different kinds of validity claims simultaneously: claims to truth, truthfulness, and normative rightness. This paper argues that Habermas presents exactly three distinct, logically independent arguments for his simultaneity thesis: an argument from structure; an argument from criticizability/rejectability; and an argument from understanding/reaching understanding. It is further maintained that the simultaneity thesis receives cogent support only from the Argument from understanding/reaching understanding, and only if the notion of ‘understanding' is expanded to that of ‘agreement'.

Keywords: Habermas; agreement; normativity; rationality; understanding; validity

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09672550500080462

Affiliations: Purdue University, W. Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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