A matter of discourse: community and communication in contemporary philosophies
The emphasis upon differences, plurality and multiculturalism has led to an outpouring of information that has been interpreted by theories such as pragmatism, communitarianism, feminism, postmodern discourse and liberation ethics. Up to now, these issues have been seen as particular and external objects for theoretical discussion. This book goes to the heart of the matter and opens promising avenues for further philosophical reflection on these topics.Having the conception of communication in discourse theory as point of departure, scholars of distinct philosophical backgrounds move in and out of different contexts to offer a first-hand and in-depth account of the above positions in their dialogue with discourse theory. By establishing a web, they connect distinct issues that have been dealt with only separately thus far, without losing sight of differences. In the end, A Matter of Discourse shows that pluralism and multiculturalism are to be found within philosophy itself.
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The fact of pluralism and the multicultural quest for community
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Plurality and cognitivism in light of Anglo American pragmatism
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abstract Apel Apel's argumentation Cambridge capacity categorical imperative cognitive cognitivism cognitivist communitarian conception concerning concrete conflict consensus constitute context critical critical theory critique of liberalism cultural differend discourse ethics discourse theory Dussel epistemic ethics of liberation Euathlus feminism feminist Frankfurt Habermas hermeneutic human idea ideal identity individual integrity interaction interests internal intersubjective justice Kant Kant's Kantian Karl-Otto Apel Kristeva language Levinas liberation ethics lifeworld linguistic Lyotard meaning metaphysics modern moral point moral rightness moral theory mutual norms notion ontology participants particular perspective philosophy phrase pluralism point of view political community position possible postmodern practical discourse pragmatic precisely presupposes presuppositions principle problem Protagoras psychoanalysis question Rainer Forst rational acceptability Rawls reason reciprocal recognition reference relation relationships responsibility self-identity semiotic sense single right answer social society solidarity solipsism specific structure Suhrkamp symbolic symmetry theoretical transcendental truth understanding universalist University Press validity claims values Walzer