Alternative Action Theory

Simultaneously a Critique of Georg Henrik von Wright’s Practical Philosophy

  • Ota Weinberger

Part of the Theory and Decision Library book series (TDLA, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
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    Pages 37-51
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    Pages 53-75
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    Pages 77-93
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    Pages 125-144
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    Pages 189-227
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    Pages 229-260
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 287-320

About this book


Action is conceived of as an intentional behavior of an individual or of an institutional subject; it is determined by information processing, namely by a process in which pieces of descriptive and practical information are involved. Action is explained by a formal and finalistic theory which is connected with a specific theory of institutions. The philosophical basis of the logic of norm sentences and of other systems of practical thinking (formal teleology, axiology, logic of preferences) is discussed. The author criticizes traditional deontic logic and argues in favor of a genuine logic of norms. The book gives a structure analysis of the so-called practical inference and of nomic causal propositions. Besides a critical account of von Wright's practical philosophy the author offers critical analyses of discourse rationality (Habermas, Apel, Alexy) and of Wittgenstein's views on philosophizing.
The book addresses readers interested in philosophical logic, practical philosophy, sociology of institutions, legal philosophy, and theory democracy.


Jürgen Habermas Ludwig Wittgenstein action theory argue deontic logic logic

Authors and affiliations

  • Ota Weinberger
    • 1
  1. 1.Karl-Franzens-Universität, Institut für RechtsphilosophieRechtssoziologie und RechtsinformatikGrazAustria

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6489-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5062-0
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