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The Creativity of Action. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2249288
  • Book
  • October 1996
  • 352 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Hans Joas is one of the foremost social theorists in Germany today. In this outstanding book he outlines the fundamentals of a new theory of action, drawing on philosophical pragmatism. The work is based upon Joas's celebrated study of George Herbert Mead, but also establishes direct ties between Mead's work and approaches drawn from German traditions of philosophical anthropology.

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.

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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.

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Hans Joas Free University of Berlin.
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