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Habermas IV 84
Rites/Sacral/Holiness/Society/Durkheim/Habermas: the ritual actions show that the sacral expression is a normative consensus that is regularly updated: "There is no society that has not felt the need to bring collective feelings and ideas to life and strenghten them at regular intervals. This moral revival can only be achieved with the help of associations, assemblies and congregations in which individuals (...) together strengthen their common feelings. (1)
Habermas IV 85
Ceremonies/Durkheim/Habermas: Ceremonies of this kind do not represent anything; they are rather the exemplarily repeated execution of a consensus that is at the same time renewed, whose contents are peculiarly self-referential. These are variations on one and the same theme, the very presence of the holy; and this, in turn, is only the form in which the collective experiences "its unity and personality". The fact of a successful consensus is also its essential content.


1. E. Durkheim, Les formes élementaires de la vie religieuse, Paris, 1968, German: Frankfurt 1981 S. p. 571.


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Durkheim I
E. Durkheim
The Rules of Sociological Method - French: Les Règles de la Méthode Sociologique, Paris 1895
German Edition:
Die Regeln der soziologischen Methode Frankfurt/M. 1984

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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