Communicative Action and Rational Choice / Edition 1

Communicative Action and Rational Choice / Edition 1

by Joseph Heath
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262582244

ISBN-13: 9780262582247

Pub. Date: 03/01/2003

Publisher: MIT Press

In this book Joseph Heath brings Jürgen Habermas's theory of communicative action into dialogue with the most sophisticated articulation of the instrumental conception of practical rationality-modern rational choice theory.
Heath begins with an overview of Habermas's action theory and his critique of decision and game theory. He then offers an alternative

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In this book Joseph Heath brings Jürgen Habermas's theory of communicative action into dialogue with the most sophisticated articulation of the instrumental conception of practical rationality-modern rational choice theory.
Heath begins with an overview of Habermas's action theory and his critique of decision and game theory. He then offers an alternative to Habermas's use of speech act theory to explain social order and outlines a multidimensional theory of rational action that includes norm-governed action as a specific type.In the second part of the book Heath discusses the more philosophical dimension of Habermas's conception of practical rationality. He criticizes Habermas's attempt to introduce a universalization principle governing moral discourse, as well as his criteria for distinguishing between moral and ethical problems. Heath offers an alternative account of the level of convergence exhibited by moral argumentation, drawing on game-theoretic models to specify the burden of proof that the theory of communicative action and discourse must assume.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262582247
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
375
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Introduction1
ICommunicative Action11
1The Theory of Communicative Action13
1.1Outline of the Theory17
1.2Speech Act Theory26
1.3The Genesis of Communicative Action35
1.4The Structure of the Argument45
2Language and Strategic Action49
2.1The Instrumental Conception of Rationality52
2.2Game Theory59
2.3Signaling Games65
2.4Cooperative Alternatives73
2.5The Nature of Communication78
3Communication and Justification83
3.1Commitment and Instrumental Rationality86
3.2Discursive Commitment92
3.3The Three Validity Claims107
3.4The Analogy between Rightness and Truth119
4The Origins of Accountability129
4.1Equilibrium Selection130
4.2Two Solutions135
4.3A Problem145
4.4Social Norms150
4.5Differences from Habermas161
IIDiscourse Ethics173
5Foundations of Discourse Ethics175
5.1Moral Noncognitivism176
5.2The Discourse Theory of Truth180
5.3The Discourse Theory of Rightness189
5.4The Dialogical Theory of Justification195
5.5The Discourse Principle211
6Universalization219
6.1Why Convergence?220
6.2The Universalization Principle227
6.3Moral and Ethical Questions236
6.4Bargaining and Consensus242
7Cognitivism and Convergence255
7.1Convergence and Representation258
7.2A Pragmatist Theory of Convergence266
7.3Convergence and Social Norms272
7.4Constructing Convergence277
8Transcendental Pragmatics281
8.1Transcendental Arguments283
8.2Revising the Rules of Discourse289
8.3Cultural Relativity298
8.4Why Argumentation?303
8.5Summary of Conclusions307
Abbreviations of Works by Habermas313
Symbols Used in the Text315
Notes317
Bibliography349
Index359

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