David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 42 (3):345-360 (2012)
The new social theories of practice have been inspired by Wittgenstein's late philosophy, phenomenology and more recent sociological theories. They regard embodied skills and routinized, mostly unconscious habits as a key foundation of human practice and knowledge. This position leads to an overstatement of the significance of the habitual dimension of practice. As several critics have suggested this approach omits the problems of transformative agency and change of practices. In turn classical practice theories, activity theory and pragmatism have analyzed the mechanisms of change. Pragmatism suggests that a crisis of a habit calls for reflection. Through working hypotheses and experimentation this leads to a transformation of a practice. Activity theory introduced the concept of remediation. A collective elaboration of shared mediational artefacts is needed to transform an activity
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Margaret Scotford Archer (2000). Being Human: The Problem of Agency. Cambridge University Press.
Richard J. Bernstein (1971). Praxis and Action. Philadelphia,University of Pennsylvania Press.
Ian Burkitt (1999). Bodies of Thought: Embodiment, Identity, and Modernity. Sage Publications.
Yrjö Engeström, Reijo Miettinen & Raija-Leena Punamäki-Gitai (eds.) (1999). Perspectives on Activity Theory. Cambridge University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Reijo Miettinen (2006). Epistemology of Transformative Material Activity: John Dewey's Pragmatism and Cultural-Historical Activity Theory. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 36 (4):389–408.
Theodore R. Schatzki, K. Knorr-Cetina & Eike von Savigny (eds.) (2001). The Practice Turn in Contemporary Theory. Routledge.
Dan Friedman (2011). Good-Bye Ideology. Hello Performance. Topoi 30 (2):125-135.
Christiane Thompson (2011). Exercising Theory: A Perspective on its Practice. Studies in Philosophy and Education 30 (5):449-454.
Paola Cantù (2007). Is Common Ground a Word or Just a Sound? In H. V. Hanson (ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference: Dissensus & The Search for Common Ground. Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation. 1--9.
Walter A. Brogan (2002). Gadamer's Praise of Theory: Aristotle's Friend and the Reciprocity Between Theory and Practice. Research in Phenomenology 32 (1):141-155.
Theodore R. Schatzki (1996). Social Practices: A Wittgensteinian Approach to Human Activity and the Social. Cambridge University Press.
Ronald Loeffler (2009). Neo-Pragmatist (Practice-Based) Theories of Meaning. Philosophy Compass 4 (1):197-218.
Jason S. McCready (2010). Jamesian Pragmatism: A Framework for Working Towards Unified Diversity in Nursing Knowledge Development. Nursing Philosophy 11 (3):191-203.
Thomas K. Johansen (2012). Capacity and Potentiality: Aristotle's Metaphysics Θ.6–7 From the Perspective of the De Anima. Topoi 31 (2):209-220.
Roberto Frega (2012). Practice, Judgment, and the Challenge of Moral and Political Disagreement: A Pragmatist Account. Lexington Books.
Todd Lekan (2003). Making Morality: Pragmatist Reconstruction in Ethical Theory. Vanderbilt University Press.
Annalisa Sannino, Harry Daniels & Kris Gutiérrez (2009). Activity Theory Between Historical Engagement and Future-Making Practice. In Annalisa Sannino, Harry Daniels & Kris D. Gutierrez (eds.), Learning and Expanding with Activity Theory. Cambridge University Press. 1--18.
Elizabeth Shove (2012). The Dynamics of Social Practice: Everyday Life and How It Changes. Sage Publications.
Susan Bickford (1993). Why We Listen to Lunatics: Antifoundational Theories and Feminist Politics. Hypatia 8 (2):104 - 123.
Added to index2012-05-15
Total downloads10 ( #208,340 of 1,696,615 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #346,146 of 1,696,615 )
How can I increase my downloads?