Philosophia Reformata 79 (2014) 140171 ACTION AND REFLECTION (I) Sander Griffioen* `Action and Reflection (I)' is the first of two studies. The present article focuses on action theory; the sequel will focus on reflection in relation to `second-order agency'. Both aim to show the relevance of categories developed in Mouw & Griffioen (1992), Pluralisms and Horizons, in steering clear of the Scylla of `methodological individualism', and the Charybdis of collectivism. The historical survey with which this article starts shows that methodological individualism casts its shadows far beyond Max Weber, its originator. Also, it becomes clear that this position is hard to overcome as `communal agency', its opposite, proves to be fraught with internal problems. In the systematic part the author elaborates an alternative solution by shifting to the communities in which action takes place. Here the categories of context, structure and direction are brought to bear. 1. Prelims 1.1 Introduction I started this text with the intention to stay close to the worldview theme that was at the center of a study published earlier in this journal (Griffioen 2012). As this turned out to be less fruitful than anticipated, I broadened the subject to the theme of action--or,
Philosophia Reformata – Brill
Published: Jan 14, 2014
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