Your Waterstones card is changing, introducing...
TELL ME MORE
A Theory of Social Action - Synthese Library 171 (Paperback)
  • A Theory of Social Action - Synthese Library 171 (Paperback)
zoom

A Theory of Social Action - Synthese Library 171 (Paperback)

(author)
£179.99
Paperback 534 Pages / Published: 15/11/2011
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
It is somewhat surprising to find out how little serious theorizing there is in philosophy (and in social psychology as well as sociology) on the nature of social actions or joint act. hons in the sense of actions performed together by several agents. Actions performed by single agents have been extensively discussed both in philosophy and in psycho~ogy. There is, ac- cordingly, a booming field called action theory in philosophy but it has so far strongly concentrated on actions performed by single agents only. We of course should not forget game theory, a discipline that systematically studies the strategic interac- tion between several rational agents. Yet this important theory, besides being restricted to strongly rational acting, fails to study properly several central problems related to the concep- tual nature of social action. Thus, it does not adequately clarify and classify the various types of joint action (except perhaps from the point of view of the agents' utilities). This book presents a systematic theory of social action. Because of its reliance on so-called purposive causation and generation it is called the purposive-causal theory. This work also discusses several problems related to the topic of social action, for instance that of how to create from this perspective the most central concepts needed by social psychology and soci- ology. While quite a lot of ground is covered in the book, many important questions have been left unanswered and many others unasked as well.

Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789400963191
Number of pages: 534
Weight: 831 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 28 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 198


MEDIA REVIEWS
`This is a good book - rich, subtle, sophisticated, penetrating, original, and wide-ranging.'
The Philosophical Review (July 1986)

You may also be interested in...

The Daily Stoic
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
From Bacteria to Bach and Back
Added to basket
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Road Less Travelled
Added to basket
Algorithms to Live By
Added to basket
Meditations
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
The Tipping Point
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Righteous Mind
Added to basket
The Art of Logic
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
How To Be A Stoic
Added to basket
A Little History of Philosophy
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
On the Shortness of Life
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
Meditations
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Against Empathy
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Ikigai
Added to basket
£12.99   £9.99
Hardback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.