A major feature of Joas′s theory is an emphasis on the creative character of human action. Human activity is not coincidentally, but in a fundamental sense, creative. The work contains new discussions of the nature of human intentions, the embodied character of human action and the character of intersubjectivity.
The problem of action is of crucial importance in both sociology and philosophy, and this book adds fresh impetus to the lively discussions current in the English–speaking world.
1. The Emergence of the Theory of Action.
2. Metaphors of Creativity.
3. Situation – Corporeality – Sociality The Fundamentals of a Theory of the Creativity of Action.
4. Creative Democracy.
Index of Names.
Index of Subjects.
"This is a most outstanding book: erudite, profound, and inclusive on a most important subject. A must for scholars in many fields." Amitai Etzioni, author of The Spirit of Community
"This deeply serious and intelligent book embodies sociological theorizing at its best. Joas tackles the most difficult theoretical, empirical, and moral questions of the day, and he comes up with answers that compel attention. The Creativity of Action is a refreshing antidote to the skepticism about social science theory that marks our age." Jeffrey Alexander, University of California Los Angeles