Communicative versus Strategic Rationality: Habermas Theory of Communicative Action and the Social Brain

  title={Communicative versus Strategic Rationality: Habermas Theory of Communicative Action and the Social Brain},
  author={Michael Schaefer and Hans-Jochen Heinze and Michael Rotte and Claudia Denke},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
In the philosophical theory of communicative action, rationality refers to interpersonal communication rather than to a knowing subject. Thus, a social view of rationality is suggested. The theory differentiates between two kinds of rationality, the emancipative communicative and the strategic or instrumental reasoning. Using experimental designs in an fMRI setting, recent studies explored similar questions of reasoning in the social world and linked them with a neural network including… 

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