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Jürgen Habermas on Universalism - Dictionary of Arguments

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Universalism/Habermas: Prehistory: 19th century research in the humanities and cultural studies had sharpened the view of the wide variety of social lifestyles, traditions, values and norms.
Historism had sharpened this basic experience of the relativity of its own traditions and ways of thinking to the problem of whether the rationality standards presupposed in the empirical sciences are themselves components of a regionally and temporally limited culture, precisely of modern European culture, and thus lose their universalistic claim.
Max Weber has adopted a cautiously universalistic position; he did not consider processes of rationalization to be a special phenomenon of the occident, even though the rationalization that can be proven in all world religions initially only led to a form of rationalism in Europe, which at the same time has special, namely occidental and general, features that characterize modernity at all.


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Ha I
J. Habermas
Der philosophische Diskurs der Moderne Frankfurt 1988

Ha III
Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. I Frankfurt/M. 1981

Ha IV
Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. II Frankfurt/M. 1981


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