Saturday, 14 February 2004

From "Ethics and Dialogue"

By Allbrecht Wellmer.

The obligations of rationality concern themselves with the recognition of arguments, the obligations of morality with the recognition of persons. It is a requirement of rationality that I acknowledge the argument of an anemey, when it is good; it is a moral requirement to let those people speak who don't yet have good arguments. In summary: the obligations of rationality are concerned with arguments, without regard to persons, and moral obligations are concerned with persons without regard to their arguments [...] only from an imaginary "ultimate point of view" of an ideal community of communication can it appear as though both ultimately coincide.

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