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Talcott Parsons on Cultural Values - Dictionary of Arguments

Habermas IV 339
Cultural values/Parsons/Habermas: Parson's strict concept of the "system" does not apply to cultural tradition. He understands this rather in the sense of a "grammatically" regulated context. For him, this is at best a "system" in the sense of structuralism from Saussure to Lévi-Strauss: it is about the order of internal relationships between components of meaning, not about the functional relationships between empirical components of an organized whole and the associated problem of border preservation. (1)
Habermas IV 340
As soon as cultural values are linked to interests or motives through incorporation into action systems, they change their status: they become functioning components of empirically identifiable action systems. Values belong to the sphere of validity and acquire an empirical status by relating them to facts. Parsons equips socio-cultural reality with systemic characteristics. (2).


1. Talcott Parsons, The Social System, NY 1951, S. 15
2. Ebenda S. 17.


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The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

ParCh I
Ch. Parsons
Philosophy of Mathematics in the Twentieth Century: Selected Essays Cambridge 2014

ParTa I
T. Parsons
The Structure of Social Action, Vol. 1 1967

ParTe I
Ter. Parsons
Indeterminate Identity: Metaphysics and Semantics 2000

Ha I
J. Habermas
Der philosophische Diskurs der Moderne Frankfurt 1988

Ha III
Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. I Frankfurt/M. 1981

Ha IV
Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. II Frankfurt/M. 1981


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