File spoon-archives/habermas.archive/habermas_2001/habermas.0101, message 28

Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 17:49:38 EST
Subject: Re: HAB: Balancing practicality & self formativity

In a message dated 1/12/01 8:56:54 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> This would render any kind of "undistorted speech situation" a 
>  conceptual impossibility

Habermas has repeatedly stated that the ISS is a counterfactual which is 
logically necessary to judge the degree of distortion of any situation.  
Otherwise, on what standard would you be able to judge whether any distortion 
is occuring?  The real question is whether the ISS is an horizon towards 
which we aspire or an opening beyond the horizon which we cannot yet observe, 
but which we can envision in thought.

Fred Welfare

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