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Hearer Rationality

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Can rationality of an argument be justified only by being justifiable to others? According to Habermas, the rationality of a speech act depends on the illocutionary aim of reaching understanding between the speaker and the hearer about something in the world. However, the hearer must be able to understand and accept the speech act made by the speaker. Thus the illocutionary success of the speaker depends on the comprehensibility and acceptability of the speech act. It seems that Habermas over emphasizes on reason as the ground for illocutionary success between speaker and hearer in his speech act theory, and ruled out the distinction between communicative and strategic action. Steinhoff argues that the rationality of the speech depends on
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