Harald Wohlrapp

Harald Rüdiger well Rapp ( born June 6, 1944 in Hildesheim ) is a professor of philosophy at the University of Hamburg. His specialty is the theory of argumentation.


Harald Rapp well studied from 1965 to 1970 comparative linguistics, psychology, sociology, political science and philosophy in Freiburg / Br., Paris and Erlangen. He received his doctorate in 1970 at Paul Lorenzen in philosophy and habilitated in 1980 in Konstanz. Since 1983, well- Rapp is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hamburg. In September 2009, Harald well Rapp was professor emeritus and held on 9 December 2009, his farewell lecture on the topic What is religion?.

Argumentation theory

The goal of Harald well Rapp philosophical commitment is the conceptual analysis and moral determination of argumentative speech.

This argumentation theory is not regarded as any specialized field of philosophy, but as the condition of possibility for future philosophizing. After the relativization episodes of the 20th century (in particular the importance of relativity in the language-game concept of Ludwig Wittgenstein, the knowledge relativization in the paradigm concept of Thomas Kuhn and the disintegration of the concept of truth in about five concepts ) have the philosophy for securing their productive Next thinking only arguments, so the question of what arguments are, what they can afford, as they can identify any assumptions to be valid, has become a basic question. The traditional answers ( Logical inference and Rhetorical figure), of which even the current argumentation theoretical approaches are largely shaped, holds well Rapp to be inadequate: With the logic a new thesis could only be criticized, not be supported and the rhetoric, blind to questions of validity.

Well Rapp's approach reflects a contrast reasoning as a practice in which it comes to overcome orientation deficits by probative theory improvement. A thesis that can be " faultlessly " proved before the " open forum of arguments " as is, as " New Orientation" fit. This concept offers a new perspective well Rapp of dealing with the problem of relativism. Given the choice between relativism and universalism, he appeals to the creativity of reason: We had the opportunity to ask their own position on the disposition and develop in debate with other opinions towards a less limited view of the world from the inside out. Although no hard rules to which one could refer when dealing with controversy and conflict, are more established, it can still be argued to produce them under certain circumstances themselves.

Well Rapp participates in this argumentation philosophical perspective on discourses on intercultural communication, human rights, the alleged Justified awareness of humanitarian wars motivated and working on the relationship between argumentation and belief.