Justice and Bhaskar's Dialectical Universalizability

Hans Ehrbar ehrbar at keynes
Thu Apr 6 07:16:46 MDT 1995

I sympathize with Howie's concerns about the role of stability in
Justin's argument.  It is very conservative to turn stability into a
source of values.  Perhaps Bhaskar's concept of dialectical
universalizability can give the answer here which both Justin and
Howie are looking for.  Bhaskar starts his dialectic with absences,
which may for instance be social ills, unmet needs, etc., which call
forth the tendencey of absenting ills.  In this absenting of ills, the
agent will not only want to remedy this ill this particular time, but
universalize that and provide for remedies in the future.  She may
also need to solidarize with everyone else afflicted by this ill to be
able to remedy it---which is then a remedy not only for herself but
for all.  Both of these are instances of the principle of dialectical
universalizability, which Bhaskar sees as a general principle valid in
this world, and which he pairs up with its opposite, namely immanent
critique.  Read for instance Bhaskar about his generic dialectic of
interests in his Dialectic, p. 289, and the whole C3.10.  This makes
for an amazing seeming humanization of the world and a transcendental
grounding for socialism (transcendental because we know about these
principles only by a transcendental argument: there is no other way to
make that what we know about the world---and humans are part of this

Tell me what you think about this.

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