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ERIC Number: ED447038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Pages: 31
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Habermas' Societal Critique and the Concept of Forgiveness: An Exploratory Paper.
Belles, Donald A.
Jurgen Habermas' concepts of the Theory of Human Interests, although a descriptive interpretation of history, fails to offer hope of freedom for the human race. This occurs because the components' technical interest, practical interest, and emancipatory interest are inherently conflictual. Habermas' use of Communicative Action Theory to harmonize the components also fails because of its heavy reliance upon rational thought and the requirement for yielding of personal gain in the name of humanity. The missing element in both theories appears as the ability, more than the desirability, of individuals, families, clans, and nations to experience and offer forgiveness. Forgiveness as an elemental form of human discourse represents the best of the species in terms of self-renewal and as such becomes the enabler of release from the baser components of human interaction. Insights gathered from the study of religion, sociology, and psychotherapy all form intricate and necessary understandings in creating a model for developing people who can forgive. Inclusion of forgiveness within the educational curriculum should be a part of the underlying structure of any activities related to character or values development. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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