Re: communicative action

Robert Parks (
Thu, 27 Jun 1996 14:11:56 -0400

Thanks Lois, for the stimulating question. Its not only stimulating, but
delightfully difficult and challenging. Habermas has formulated
interpretations of normative theory in terms of an IDEAL communicative
situation. But I'm not sure how to approach the "how" question with
Habermans. I'm in the middle of a project at the moment, but give me some
time to reflect. I hope you will take a stab at a formulation....or someone
else? Wendy? (I've got a reply to your [Wendy's] interesting statement on
your research also on hold for the moment)

I'm enjoying the exchange on rational action theory and PCP, but I'd also
enjoy a summary of "rational action theory".

Best regards,

>What would Habermas, in his theory of communicative action, say about
>pcp's communication problems? People come here with theories and want to
>have their theories heard. THee is some difficulty setting up a culture
>in which people feel satisfied by the give and take. The little that I
>know about Habermas' work, I think he would suggest we set up a culture in
>which communication can take place more easily. But how do we do that?
>..Lois Shawver