Reason, Plurality, and Objectivity
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This project represents an attempt to investigate the theories of reason and rationality and to demonstrate how Habermas and Putnam, through their critiques of other philosophers, are essentially developing the same argument about the nature and purpose of reason. The first section of this paper on Habermas, Adorno, and the problem of instrumental reason is intended to give a general sketch of the different forms that reason can take. The discussion of the conflict in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, is intended to illustrate the what Horkheimer and Adorno see as the inevitable consequence of Western rationality. Through his theory of communicative rationality, Habermas presents a thorough critique of Horkheimer and Adorno's limited conception of reason.