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Collectives: In social sciences, "collectives" refer to groups of individuals who come together based on shared interests, goals, or characteristics, and act collectively to pursue common objectives.
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Jürgen Habermas on Collectives - Dictionary of Arguments

IV 166
Collectives/Habermas: whether the life form of a collective is more or less "successful" (...), (...) resembles the clinical question of the assessment of a patient's mental and spiritual condition as the moral question of the recognition worthiness of a norm or an institutional system. Moral judgment presupposes a hypothetical attitude, i.e. the possibility of considering norms as something to which we can give or address social validity. However, the analogous prerequisite that we could choose life forms in the same way is pointless. No one can agree with the way of life in which he/she has been socialized in the same reflected manner as with a norm of whose validity he/she is convinced of.(1)
, >Rules, >Community, >Principles.
IV 167
In this respect, there is a parallel between the life form of a collective and the life story of an individual. Adults have acquired the generalized ability to realize themselves autonomously.
IV 206
Collectives/Habermas: Collectives only maintain their identity to the extent that the ideas that the relatives have of their environment sufficiently overlap and condense into unproblematic background beliefs. Relatives can only develop a personal identity if they recognize that the sequence of their own actions constitutes a narratively depictable life story and a social identity only if they recognize that by participating in interactions they maintain their belonging to social groups and are thereby entangled in the narratively depictable story of collectives. For the analysis of narrative statements in this sense: see A. C. Danto.(2)

1 For Hegelian distinction between morality and decency, see: A. Wellmer, Praktische Philosophie und Theorie der Gesellschaft. Zum Problem der normativen Grundlagen einer kritischen Sozialwissenschaft, Konstanz 1979.
2. A.C. Danto, Analytische Philosophie der Geschichte, Frankfurt 1974.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

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

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

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

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