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The first essay offers a comprehensive analysis of practical rationality, which establishes a clear demarcation between pragmatic, ethical, and moral questions and a corresponding differentiation between forms of volition and spheres of practical discourse. The centerpiece of the book is a multifaceted defense of the central claims of discourse ethics incorporating masterly critiques of the major competing positions, including those of John Rawls, Bernard Williams, Charles Taylor, Alasdair MacIntyre, Karl-Otto Apel, and Albrecht Wellmer
The middle essays defend the basic intention of universalist moral theory in the face of the claims of the neo-Aristotelian ethics of the good and Horkheimer's skepticism toward reason that led him to embrace a religiously inspired ethic of compassion. An interview with Habermas covering such topics as the genesis of discourse ethics, the precise import of some of its more controversial elements, and its interconnections with the theory of communicative actions concludes this important collection.
Jürgen Habermas is Professor ofPhilosophy at the University of Frankfurt.
|1||On the Pragmatic, the Ethical, and the Moral Employments of Practical Reason||1|
|2||Remarks on Discourse Ethics||19|
|3||Lawrence Kohlberg and Neo-Aristotelianism||113|
|4||To Seek to Salvage an Unconditional Meaning Without God Is a Futile Undertaking: Reflections on a Remark of Max Horkheimer||133|
|5||Morality, Society, and Ethics: An Interview with Torben Hviid Nielsen||147|