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Jurgen Habermas and his three tests of truth

September 11, 2015

More great stuff from Phil.

He reviews work of philosopher Jurgen Habermas. Dividing human thought/expression into 3 categories: scientific-empirical, aesthetic-expressive, and moral-legal — each with distinct and different criteria for evaluating thought/expression within them.

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These are notes for my talk to the Rochester Russell Forum at Writers & Books Literary Center, 740 University Ave., Rochester, NY on Thursday, September 10, 2015

One of the things that Bertrand Russell wrestled with all his life with a theory of knowledge—how we can know anything for sure.  It is a question we have discussed in different ways at the Russell Forum.

I plan to discuss some ideas of the German philosopher Jurgen Habermas that have helped me understand these questions better —specifically, his idea that there are different kinds of knowledge, each with their specific tests for validity.

Jurgen Habermas is the grand old man of German philosophy.  He is now in his 80s, and occupies the same position in German intellectual life as Bertrand Russell and John Dewey did in British and American intellectual life at that point in their lives.  Habermas by the way was…

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