By Dieter Freundlieb, Wayne Hudson, J Rundell

The essays during this booklet have interaction with the huge variety of Jürgen Habermas' paintings together with politics and the general public sphere, nature, aesthetics, the linguistic flip and the paradigm of intersubjectivity. every one essay responds to specific problems with Habermas' method of those subject matters. each one contributor additionally attracts on varied theoretical and philosophical traditions with the intention to discover fresh advancements in serious thought.

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They also form the basis for narrative accounts of the historical development of the social and cultural context in question—narratives that frequently diverge and may even compete with one another (in the case of Western modernity, for example, one need think only of the very different narratives offered by Simmel and by Nietzsche, or by Foucault and by MacIntyre). Notwithstanding points of divergence and competition, however, there are usually important points of agreement and overlap. This is evidently the case for the rival narratives of Western modernity.

8). The Normative Foundations of Social Philosophy • 39 these as historical achievements. Were social philosophers selfconsciously to restrict the validity of their normative conceptions of human flourishing to those who share their own, historically specific, interpretative horizon, they would be unable to defend any concept of social progress. • Social philosophers cannot dispense with ‘objectivist’ arguments if they are to engage in genuine, potentially transformatory, dialogue with the inhabitants of rival interpretative horizons.

28–42; Rudolf Langthaler, Nachmetaphysisches Denken? , The MIT Press, 1992. 34 • Dieter Freundlieb, Wayne Hudson, and John Rundell example, in contrast to Habermas’ meta-theoretical and largely proceduralist approach, it is possible to advocate critical practices rooted in actual contexts and expertises, and to inform these approaches with relevant results from the natural sciences and historical sociology. Paradoxically, such critical practices can include the use of universalisation tests, proceduralism and moral postulates as tools for promoting change.

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