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ERIC Number: ED316904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Pages: 27
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The Pragmatics of Perfection: General Semantics, Existential Phenomenology, and the Consequences of Critical Reflection.
Macke, Frank J.
This paper employs a phenomenological theory of human communication to re-examine several thematic concerns which were addressed in an article by Paul Watzlawick (1977) on the pathologies of "perfectionism"--an article which was, principally, an indictment of Marxism as a pathological, utopian (or perfectionist) manner of thinking. Given that Watzlawick's critique of Marxism is very much in keeping with the postmodernist critique of traditional social theory, it serves to frame this paper's central line of inquiry: what are the "consequences" and/or pragmatics of humane, critical reflection? Since Watzlawick's critique demands a rejection of the "all or nothing Aristotelian dichotomies," the paper explores its problematic issue from the standpoint of two non-Aristotelian methodologies: general semantics and existential phenomenology. The paper concludes with reflections on the situation of the postmodern thinker (as a professional academic) and a reconsideration of the relationship of theory and praxis. (Twenty-one references are attached.) (Author/KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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