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By Herbert W. Simons, Michael Billig

ISBN-10: 080398877X

ISBN-13: 9780803988774

This interdisciplinary ebook addresses the foremost questions posed by means of the postmodernist problem: Is it attainable to mirror and criticize in an age whilst each declare to fact is put lower than suspicion? Are social critics infected through an analogous ideological distortions they determine in society? The textual content studies various responses to such dilemmas and therefore examines how one can reconstruct social conception and critique following the postmodern assault at the conventional foundations of data. no matter if political critique and praxis, feminist matters, ideology or instructing practices, the contributions are united through the necessity to flooring a brand new theoretical and political place within the absence of the foundational certainties as soon as seasoned

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Habermas's response to this critique is complex, and much of it has not yet appeared in English. However, a provisional discussion of his rejoinder to Lyotard is possible (Dews, 1987). It contains three basic arguments. First, Lyotard confuses language games with validity claims. This leads him to conclude that universal pragmatics defines the content of a language game that seeks to hegemonize thought. However, this ignores the character of universal pragmatics as a procedure for argumentation that cuts across all language games.

Radicalism is radically suspect if it claims to know the 'the truth'. Nothing is to remain securely in its place: pith helmet and brass compass, stripped of their earlier functions, are put in the dressing-up box for make-believe games of pastiche. If this is the case, then can critique still be critique? Does not criticism rely on a boldness even blindness of moral purpose? If ideology critique is criticized for believing in 'true' political principles, will this result in a conservative acceptance of ideological forces?

This leads him to conclude that universal pragmatics defines the content of a language game that seeks to hegemonize thought. However, this ignores the character of universal pragmatics as a procedure for argumentation that cuts across all language games. Because any language can be translated into others, language games have a common structure that universal pragmatics seeks to identify. Because of this common structure, we are not in a completely relative world of incommensurable realities. Rather, we can enter into discourse with these other language games and, in principle, come to agreement.

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