INTRODUCTION The most ambitious and original feature of Habermas’s whole work is his attempt to recast the study of society in a theory of communication. In retrospect it is clear this has been his guiding intention even from his first philosphical statement of the theses for Knowledge and Human Interests. In his 1965 inaugural lecture he says :
What raises us out of nature is the only thing whose nature we can know: language. Through its structure, autonomy and responsibility are posited for us. Our first sentence expresses unequivocally the intention of universal and unconstrained consensus.