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ProtoSociology

Volume 4, 1993

Sprechakttheorie II

Peter-Paul König
Pages 53-62

Kommunikation und Strategie
Anmerkungen zur Unterscheidung zwischen kommunikativem und strategischem Handeln bei Jürgen Habermas

There has always been criticism against the "Theory of Communicative Action". Some aspects of criticism were terms such as "Communicative Action" or "Strategic Action", the postulate of "two distinct types of interaction" and the thesis of the "primacy of non-strategic communication". Habermas answered his critics in a number of essays and replies. The numerous modifications and reformulations don't make orientation in this field easier, however. In this essay the criteria which Habermas uses to characterize communicative and strategic action shall be named. It then has to be discussed whether these distinctive criteria are sufficient to justify the dichotomy of two types of interaction. Finally, Habermas' argumentation in favor of the primacy of non-strategic communication shall be outlined and scrutinized under the aspect of plausibility

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