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Jürgen Habermas on Organisation - Dictionary of Arguments

IV 455
Organisation/Habermas: Organisations gain autonomy through a neutralising demarcation against the symbolic structures of the lifeworld. This makes them peculiarly indifferent to culture, society and personality. Luhmann describes these effects as "dehumanization of society". Overall, the social reality seems to shrink to an objective organisational reality released from normative ties.
IV 455/456
Dehumanization/HabermasVsLuhmann: means, however, only a separation of action areas from the lifeworld, no depersonalization in the sense of the separation of organized action systems from personality structures.
Indifference/Habermas: in contrast to the traditional family business, the capitalist business shows an indifference to the private living conditions of all employees. These have become an environment for him.
IV 457
Similarly, other organizations behave independently of legitimizing worldviews and cultural traditions in general. Members are stripped of their personality structure as persons and neutralized to high performers. Cultural traditions are deprived of their obligatory power as ideologies, and transformed into raw materials for (...) an administrative treatment of contexts of meaning.
Organisations/Habermas: must be able to cover their own legitimation needs.
Lifeworld: Organization also makes itself independent of lifeworld contexts by neutralizing the normative background of informally accustomed, morally regulated action contexts.
IV 460
Communication/Organisation/Habermas: although not all communication processes are banned from within organisations, because the field of interaction of legal organisations is morally neutralised, communicative action within organisations loses its basis of validity. Members act communicatively with reservations. They are not forced to reach consensus by communicative means.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
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.

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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