ERIC Number: ED261417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
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A Critical Theory of Dialogue: A Review and Critique of Habermas' Theory of Universal Pragmatics and Implications for Theories of Decision Making and Negotiation.
Savage, Grant T.
Intended for researchers and teachers of the small group process, decision making, and negotiation, this paper offers a review and critique of J. Habermas's theory of universal pragmatics. The first section of this paper retraces Habermas's theory, which seeks to free social action from false consciousness (that is, political ideologies) that systematically distort communication. The paper then articulates the eidetic and interpretive structure of dialogue and indicates a set of methodological criteria for critiquing communication. The final secion of the paper: (1) contrasts B. A. Fisher's and L. C. Hawes' interact system model of communication with a critical theory of dialogue, (2) differentiates between a critical theory of dialogue and current models of decision making and negotiation, (3) indicates how a critical theory of dialogue provides new directions for researching decision making and negotiation, and (4) provides several directives for facilitating consensual decision making. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
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