Criminal Justice, Social Justice, and Illocutionary Discourse

Jeanne Curran, California State Univ. - Dominguez Hills
Susan R. Takata, University of Wisconsin, Parkside

Illocutionary discourse is discourse in which people come together to try to understand each other's positions. They agree to listen in good faith to what the other has to say. And they agree to use their expertise to help the other clarify what his/her position is. Their willingness to help one another to understand the basis and goals of each others' validity claims does not mean that they actually agree with what the other is saying. It means that they are trying in good faith to understand, so that they can respect each other in their differences and construct an environment for themselves in which they can live with one another without violence, hated, and killing.

The Dear Habermas community ( provides criminological, sociological, and philosophical discussions of peace and justice, and our role in the creation of texts, and narrative in an attempt to understand peace and social justice through praxis.

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