The Crisis of Modern Society and Critical Rationality

  • LEE Nam-InEmail author
Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 62)


Assessing Habermas’ criticism of Husserl’s phenomenology, this paper aims to develop the concept of the critical rationality in a true sense. This paper will show that critical rationality has at least three components, namely communicative rationality, formal-logical rationality and intuitive rationality. Among these three components, communicative and formal-logical rationality are the formal components of critical rationality, whereas intuitive rationality that is developed by the author for the first time is its content. Intuitive rationality is the most important among the components of critical rationality. It is the core of the critical rationality. Critical rationality cannot be critical in a true sense and overcome the crisis of modern society if it does not have the component of intuitive rationality.


Communicative Action Modern Society Cultural Tradition Communicative Rationality True Sense 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Département of PhilosophieSeoul National UniversitySeoulKorea

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