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Sense, philosophy: sense is a property of statements which makes the determination of the truth value (true or false) possible, although not guaranteed. Even false statements make sense; otherwise their falsehood could not be established. What is meaningless, therefore, is what cannot be negated. Statements about the future allow an assessment of probabilities if they are sensible without having a truth value. Wishes and commands are sensible and understandable if they can be reformulated into negative statements. See also understanding, negation, truth values, verification, determination, indeterminacy, probability, Fregean sense.

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Max Horkheimer on Sense - Dictionary of Arguments

Habermas III 462
Sense/Loss of Sense/Reason/Horkheimer/Habermas: Thesis of the loss of Sense: Horkheimer introduces instrumental reason as 'subjective reason' and contrasts it with 'objective reason'. Thus it is not Kant, but metaphysics, that forms the actual contrast to a consciousness that allows only the capacity of formal rationality, i.e. "the ability to calculate probabilities and thereby assign the right means to a given purpose" (1) to be considered reasonable. (See Instrumental Reason/Horkheimer).
Habermas III 463
Objective Reason/Horkheimer: stands for the ontological thinking that advanced the rationalization of the world views that had understood the human world as part of a cosmological order.

1.M. Horkheimer, Zur Kritik der instrumentellen Vernunft, Frankfurt 1967, p. 17.


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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 [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] 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

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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