...and Fulminate in 2008--a campaign slogan for Gore?
By Angela |
Now that you mention it, I believe there is NO inherent meaning in the universe; there is only the meaning that I (you) (each person) generates for hermself.
Ah, so the suicide bombers'
meaning is on a par with the meaning of the framers of the US Constitution
Can we say P-O-S-T-M-O-D-E-R-N S-O-U-P?
| Disintegration of Sacred Canopies |
McCarthy, first of all, portrays Habermas as someone thinking about how to live in a MODERN world that has lost "value-imbued cosmologies" and that has seen the "disintegration of sacred canopies"
While Habermas agrees that philosophers can no longer pretend to single out a privileged way of life, he insists that it is possible to find "a general theory of a much narrower sort, namely a theory of justice."
McCarthy says that Habermas's aim is "to reconstruct the moral point of view as the perspective from which competing normative claims can be fairly and impartially adjudicated." This type of reconstruction, in Habermas's view, is UNIVERSAL in import. McCarthy says that it is "geared to what everyone could rationally will to be a norm binding on everyone alike." And--this is essential--it comes not through a Kantian categorical imperative but through "reasoned argument among those subject to the norm in question." That is Habermas's "communicative action."
The process of reasoned argument goes beyond finding contractual agreement. It features "moral agents trying to put themselves in each other's shoes." This is a fundamental Habermasian requirement:
"Habermas's discourse model, by requiring that perspective-taking be general and reciprocal, builds the moment of empathy into the procedure of coming to a reasoned agreement: each must put him-/ or herself into the place of everyone else in discussing whether a proposed norm is fair at all."
Jurgen Habermas, MORAL CONSCIOUSNESS AND COMMUNICATIVE ACTION
Postmodernism coming full circle: The Golden Rule. [Edit: The Golden Rule on Steroids
, I might add!]
Science and religion are in the same existential boat: no absolute truth. The revolutionary photo of the earth hanging in space is a living reminder of, and metaphor for, our existential dilemma:
I am yours, Terran and proud, my lovely girl,