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 Joasa s celebrated study of George Herbert Mead, but also establishes direct ties between Meada s work and approaches drawn from German traditions of philosophical anthropology.
A major feature of Joasa 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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Polity Press
- Publication Date: 26/10/1996
- Category: Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge
- ISBN: 9780745617718