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Sorry for not following anyone. I'm still trying to lear how to use this tool. JH

Yes, that JH is Jürgen Habermas.  From the world of print, here are excerpts from Habermas.  Here is a summary of Habermas on the "ideal speech situation":

In the earlier philosophy of Jürgen Habermas it is argued that an ideal speech situation is found within communication between individuals when their speech is governed by basic, but required and implied, rules. These rules of speech, Habermas suggested, are generally and tacitly accepted by both of the communicating parties, but even if they are not–perhaps in the case of one party telling a lie–the ideal speech situation nevertheless remains a more broadly required principle…Everyone is allowed to introduce any assertion whatever into the discourse.

Unless you don't know how to follow other people.  Habermas is, however, meta-rational in this regard.


Do you have any knowledge that the Tweeter is who he says he is?

This could well be the real thing. Habermas has remained a very curious (and generous - I have only seen him live a couple of times, but some of my political theory friends have had him as a teacher) scholar - it seems perfectly in line for him to try out something like twitter.

On the other hand, there are 11 Facebook accounts with Habermas'picture and name.

Give the man a break - how many other 84 year olds do you know who Twitter?

Re. authenticity - judging from the few tweets in the account I'd say yes. A curious mix of German and English. Links to videos of lectures at the Russian Academy. A farewell to Howard Zinn ... except for the first 3 tweets which are obviously created by aides - before the real Habermas stepped up to the plate.

Definitely follow.

in the cause of individualistic affirmations yet remain so doggedly entertaining in the process

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