NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED447516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Habermas and Debate Theory: A Putative Link between the Theory of Communicative Action and Traditional Resolutional Typologies.
Stroud, Scott R.
Academic debate has often been criticized as being "artificial" and "elitist" due to its highly structured format and the specialized skills it often requires. While countless argumentation scholars have advanced reasons why academic debate is pertinent to a comprehensive education, a different source of justification for resolutional theory can be found in the form of Jurgen Habermas's theory of communicative action (1984). This theory postulates that communicative speech acts are aimed toward reaching understanding and consensus; in the everyday use of language, humans use speech acts to relate to the world of "facts," to the world of norms and values, and to the inner "world" of human experience. This paper provides some preliminary reflections on how Habermas's theory of communicative action can justify the traditional resolutional typology of academic debate. Initially, the paper examines Habermas's theory of communicative action. Then, it proceeds to "traditional" resolutional phrasing and theory and applies Habermas's theory to the "traditional" resolutional typology. Finally, the paper concludes by reflecting upon the heuristic and pedagogical advantages of this foundation for resolutional typologies. It contends that debate and argumentation pedagogy can be enhanced, both internally and perceptually, if this link between Habermas's theory of communicative action and resolutional typologies is further developed. (Contains 16 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A