Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Philosophy of Jürgen HabermasA Critical Introduction$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Uwe Steinhoff

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547807.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use.date: 01 July 2022

The Justification of Discourse Ethics

The Justification of Discourse Ethics

(p.78) 2 The Justification of Discourse Ethics
The Philosophy of Jürgen Habermas

Uwe Steinhoff (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

In his preliminary considerations Habermas tries to demonstrate the initial plausibility of his programme of moral justification. He then uses Karl-Otto Apel's “transcendental pragmatics” for identifying rules of discourse. According to transcendental pragmatics, rules or presuppositions of discourse cannot be denied without so-called “performative self-contradictions”. The next step is to derive the fundamental discourse-ethical justification principles U and D from these discovered rules of discourse. According to U and D, only those norms are valid that in an ideal discourse situation would meet with the acceptance of each speaker affected by the norm. An alternative way of justifying U and D would appeal to Habermas' consensus theory of truth and validity. Finally, Habermas tries to show how norms that are justified with help of the principles U and D can reasonably be applied to real situations. The chapter explains and critically discusses each step in Habermas' line of reasoning.

Keywords:   Karl-Otto Apel, application, argumentation, cognitivism, discourse ethics, ethics, justification, morality, rules of discourse, transcendental pragmatics

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .