Cognitive Interests

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According to Habermas, Cognitive Interests are the "deep structure rules" which inform thought and action, and which constitute the world of experience.[1]

Cognitive interests include our technical, practical, and emancipatory interests.

Related Terms

Cognitive Interests > Active Need Fulfillment, Attachments, Basic Needs, Defense Mode, Deficit Mode, Dependent Need Fulfillment, Destruction of Attachments, Disconnection, Ego Modes, Growth Mode, Hierarchy of Basic Needs, Hierarchy of Cognitive Needs, Realistic Empowerment, Seven Toxic Needs, Toxic Socialization

Notes

Technical interests = aspects of knowledge and action concerned with manipulating the environment.

Practical interests = aspects of knowledge and action concerned with extending understanding and consensus.

Emancipatory interests = liberation from "historically contingent restraints through self-reflection. [2]

Footnotes

  1. Scott, John P. “Critical Social Theory: An Introduction and Critique.” The British Journal of Sociology 29, no. 1 (1978): 1. https://doi.org/10.2307/589216. p. 2
  2. Scott, John P. “Critical Social Theory: An Introduction and Critique.” The British Journal of Sociology 29, no. 1 (1978): 1. https://doi.org/10.2307/589216. p. 2