Communicative Action: A Path to Dialogue in our Age

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This article explores the theory of communicative action of the philosopher Jurgen Habermas as a path for dialogue in our age. Communicative action based on the intersubjectivity, rationality and force of argumentative speech stands in contrast to the boundary marking of hermeneutic idealism. Communicative action distinguishes between the particularity of one’s lifeworld and the universality of a system paradigm. This article argues that communicative action requires an individual to step outside the solipsism of their own lifeworld and to engage in a process of dialogue which acknowledges the importance of an individual’s particular religious interests but also impels them to listen to the interests of others.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPaths to Dialogue in our Age
EditorsEdmund Chia
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherAustralian Catholic University
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Theological Conference on Inter-faith Dialogue - ACU Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 26 May 201429 May 2014


ConferenceInternational Theological Conference on Inter-faith Dialogue


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