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1st Edition

Questions of Practice in Philosophy and Social Theory

ISBN 9781032094984
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

Humanistic theory for more than the past 100 years is marked by extensive attention to practice and practices. Two prominent streams of thought sharing this focus are pragmatism and theories of practice. This volume brings together internationally prominent theorists to explore key dimensions of practice and practices on the background of parallels and points of contact between these two traditions. The contributors all are steeped in one or both of these streams and well-known for their work on practice. The collected essays explore three important themes: what practice and practices are, normativity, and transformation. The volume deepens understanding of these three practice themes while strengthening appreciation of the parallels between and complementariness of pragmatism and practice theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Questions of Practice: Related Perspectives from Pragmatism and Practice Theory

Anders Buch and Theodore R. Schatzki

Part I: Practices and the Practical Dimension

1. Bodily Postures and the Normativity of Niche Construction Practices

Joseph Rouse

2. Action, Practice, and Theory: Toward a Pragmatist Practice Philosophy

Emil Višňovský

3. On Plural Actions

Theodore R. Schatzki

4 Narrative Understanding and Originary Temporality

William Blattner

Part II: Normativity

5. Practices, Technae, and Two-Dimensional Norms

Mark Okrent

6. Professionalism, Practice, and Knowledge Policy

Anders Buch and Hans Siggaard Jensen

7. Pragmatist Aesthetics and the Experience of Technology

David L. Hildebrand

8. Somaesthetic Practice and the Question of Norms

Richard Shusterman

Part III: Transformation

9. From Crisis to Experiment. Bourdieu & Dewey on Research Practice & Cooperation

Tanja Bogusz

10. Practices We Know By--Knowledge as Transformative

Antje Gimmler

11. Practices of Self-Negation

Mustafa Emirbayer

12. Making Much of Doing with Hearts, Heads & Hands

Charlene Seigfried

13. Reflections on the use of positioning theory in the sociology of intellectuals

Patrick Baert

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Anders Buch holds a professorship in technological expert cultures at Aalborg University Copenhagen at the Department for Learning and Philosophy. He has published articles and books on knowledge, learning, education, professionalism, and the professional development of engineers. He is editor-in-chief of Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies.

Theodore R. Schatzki is Professor of Geography and Philosophy at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of, among other works, Social Practices (1996), The Site of the Social (2002), and The Timespace of Human Activity (2010) and coeditor of The Practice Turn in Contemporary Theory (2001) and The Nexus of Practices (2017).


"This remarkable collection brings together a distinguished group of sociologists, philosophers, and learning theorists to present the current state of practice theory and its relation to pragmatism in their respective fields."Stephen Turner, University of South Florida, USA