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Interest: interest is the mental alignment to a present or imagined object. Interest can be situational and temporally limited, or it can even be situation-independent and persistent. Objects or situations that are perceived to be repulsive can also arouse interest. See also intention, attention, intelligence, utility, intentions, relevance, understanding, goals, purposes.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Interest/Habermas: Only values that are abstract and generalized to principles and values that can be internalized as formal principles and applied procedurally can cross situations and in extreme cases systematically penetrate all areas of life. In this context, the distinction between interests and values is relevant. Interest situations change, while generalized values always apply to more than one situation type.
HabermasVsUtilitarianism: This difference between values and interests was worked out in Neo-Kantianism. Utilitarianism does not take it into account. It makes the futile attempt to reinterpret interest orientations into ethical principles, to hypostasize procedural rationality itself into a value. Also Max WeberVsUtilitarianism.

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

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

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

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