Philosophy and Social Criticism 32 (2):155-172 (2006)

Abstract
This article argues that there is a marked ambivalence in Habermas’ concept of intersubjectivity in that he wavers between an interactionist and a discursive understanding. This ambivalence is demonstrated with reference to his recent critique of Robert Brandom's normative pragmatic theory of discursive practice. Although Habermas is a leading theorist of discourse as an epistemically steered process, he allows his interpretation of Brandom's theory as suffering from objective idealism to compel him to recoil from discourse and to defend a purely interactionist or dialogical position. It is argued that the ambivalence in question is related to Habermas’ incomplete theorization of communication as a process of structure formation that unfolds sequentially through time on different levels. His architectonic of communicative intersubjectivity is marred by a missing concept. His characteristic concept of coordination is insufficient and must be complemented by a concept of synthesis at the discursive level. Key Words: Brandom • communication • coordination • discursive • synthesis • Habermas • Luhmann • objectivism • process • sequentiality • structure formation • time.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2019
DOI 10.1177/0191453706061090
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 50,308
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Making It Explicit.Isaac Levi & Robert B. Brandom - 1996 - Journal of Philosophy 93 (3):145.
Communication and the Evolution of Society.Jürgen Habermas - 1983 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 16 (2):130-136.
Theory and Practice.Jürgen Habermas & John Viertel - 1975 - Studies in Soviet Thought 15 (4):341-351.
The Problem of Triple Contingency in Habermas.Piet Strydom - 2001 - Sociological Theory 19 (2):165-186.

View all 9 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Latent Cognitive Sociology in Habermas.Piet Strydom - 2015 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 41 (3):273-291.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
42 ( #223,024 of 2,326,008 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #214,458 of 2,326,008 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes