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p. 917. Discourse ethics II: ethical discourse and the political turnlocked

  • James Gordon Finlayson


Habermas revised his original programme of discourse ethics in the 1990s. Here he drew a distinction between moral, ethical, and practical reason. The significance of the revision lies in the introduction of a new category of ethical discourse alongside moral discourse, and in the way these two spheres are reconfigured in the programme of political theory. ‘Discourse ethics II: ethical discourse and the political turn’ examines the nature and function of ethical discourse and looks at Habermas's use of the term ‘pragmatic’ in pragmatic discourse. His theory of meaning is pragmatic as it views language as a way of coordinating actions and instituting social order. What exactly is ethical discourse? Is moral discourse more important than ethical discourse?

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