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Mejor argumento, acción comunicativa y clases sociales : una crítica de la propuesta de Habermas

'The best argument', communicative action and social classes: a critique of Habermas' proposal
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Mora Malo, Enrico

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Abstract In analyzing social class from a discursive & emotional perspective, attention ought to be given to a particular aspect of the argumentative co-ordination of class interaction. We refer to the notion of 'the best argument', a concept originating in Habermas's classic Theory of Communicative Action. We argue that this concept needs to be reformulated before it can be applied to the analysis of class &, especially, to the relations of domination that are involved. This reformulation requires a critique of Habermas' theory. We focus on his social action typology in general &, in particular, his concept of communicative action. We propose that the concepts of 'the best argument' & communicative action (which we reformulate as the argumentative dimension of interaction) should not require symmetry between participants in an interaction. We suggest that these concepts should apply both to situations of symmetry & asymmetry. This allows us to better understand some of the mechanisms that sustain the process of social legitimization in unequal conditions.
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Free Keywords Social Class; Class Relations; Communicative Action; Class Analysis; Habermas, Jürgen; Social Inequality; Social Action
Document language Spanish
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 16-39
Journal Athenea Digital: Revista de Pensamiento e Investigacion Social (2005) 7
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications