Discourses of knowledge and action
Attractive though in its terms of the liberation of the possibility (. .) post-modernism is fatally disabled, in crucial respects, for the enterprise we consider here (. .). The social order and any form of social action require agreed norms of meaning and it is action which is our target when we seek to promote greater cooperation among
disciplines (. .).
Nowhere have the implications
for social and political
action (. ..) or reaching
systematically examined than in the work and social theorist Jiirgen Habermas (. . ).
of communication been more contemporary German philosopher
Habermas’s theory of communicative action argues that the grounding of the social order and its legitimation in modern, pluralist, post-traditional society is to be sought
among the participants (. ).
One of his sympathetic but critical commentators (
. .) Gerard Delanty, [makes] an
of communicative theory conflicts of our time, in an
of the cultural and in Habermas’s words
Culture survive if
of change they draw
in modern societies explodes all stationary the strength to transform themselvesfrom
forms of criticism
Delanty (. .) argues that universal truth and morality can be articulated in more than
one cultural Habermas’s
form and more than one
development. He attempts to
stages, he argues, of,
aim of reflection is mutual understanding, not consensual agreement (...) Reflective discourse is more concerned with bringing to a heightened level of awareness cultural potentials and (with) recognising difSerence>>(. .). This is a thought, which can bear careful consideration when we try here to articulate the conditions for cooperations among different, and often contending, disciplinary cultures (. ..).
confess that my
personal experience of cooperation (. .).
career (. .). At each transition Like had others here I have to become sensitive had an interdisciplinary I have values sharply diverging cultural assumptions , l a n g u a g e to s , changes, or anyway significantly , practices and power structures. One litterally m o d i f i e s , o n e ’ s i d e n t i t y a t e a c h t a k i n g u p o f a n e w t r i b a l m e m b e r s h i p ( . . . ) .