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By Dieter Freundlieb, Wayne Hudson, J Rundell

The essays during this publication interact with the extensive variety of Jürgen Habermas' paintings together with politics and the general public sphere, nature, aesthetics, the linguistic flip and the paradigm of intersubjectivity. each one essay responds to specific problems with Habermas' method of those themes. each one contributor additionally attracts on various theoretical and philosophical traditions in an effort to discover contemporary advancements in severe thought.

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According to Henrich subjectivity cannot be seen as derived from intersubjectivity and from communication in the way suggested by Habermas. In a similar way to Henrich, Manfred Frank, in his “Against a priori Intersubjectivism: an Alternative Inspired by Sartre,” also criticises Habermas’ critical theory for beginning with the assumption that intersubjectivity pre-determines the subject. He terms this assumption ‘a priori intersubjectivism’ that argues that subjectivity is derived from a third person perspective which has priority over the perspective of the ego.

The reliance on both an epistemic self-relation (Henrich) and pre- 47 Jean Paul Sartre, Critique of Dialectical Reason, trans. Alan Sheridan-Smith and ed. Jonathan Rée, London, New Left Books, 1976. Reasoning, Language and Intersubjectivity • 29 conceptual and pre-reflexive dimensions of meaning (Freundlieb and Frank) have some affinities with different approaches that re-work the philosophy of the subject from different conceptual strategies that take their starting points from the issues, as Wellmer and Frank intimate, of the gaps between meaning and language, and between ego and alter.

This considerably complicates its critical project. The main difficulty it encounters is the problem of how to maintain 42 • Maeve Cooke non-arbitrary, universal standards for its social critique and for its normative projections that are in tune with the central elements of the late modern Western self-understanding. As is evident from the normative conceptions of knowledge, human beings and subjectivity just mentioned, an emphasis on the historicity of human knowledge and experience, and on the plurality of human desires, interests and needs is central to this.

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