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General Theory of Action? Inkonsistenzen in der Handlungstheorie von Hartmut Esser

General theory of action? Inconsistencies in Hartmut Esser's action theory
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Kron, Thomas

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Abstract "In dem Beitrag wird Hartmut Essers Anspruch, eine 'general theory of action' vorgelegt zu haben, kritisch untersucht. Im Ergebnis zeigt sich, dass Essers Handlungstheorie behebbare Inkonsistenzen aufweist, die sich auf die Modellierung der theoretischen Aussagen beziehen. An dieser Stelle wird der Einsatz von Fuzzy-Logic für eine angemessenere und einfachere Modellierung vorgeschlagen. Grundsätzlich wird in Frage gestellt, ob die mit dem Framing-Konzept einhergehende 'Psychologisierung der Soziologie' der richtige Weg für eine Soziologie ist, die an der Erklärung sozialer Aggregationen interessiert ist." (Autorenreferat)

"In this article Hartmut Esser's claim to have designed a 'general theory of action' is analyzed critically. This reveals is that Esser's action theory contains remediable inconsistencies due to the modeling of the theoretical statements. The application of fuzzy-logic is proposed to provide for more adequate and simpler modeling. Basically it is questionable whether the 'psychologization of sociology', which is a consequence of his framing-concept, is the right way for a sociology that is interested in explaining social aggregations." (author's abstract)
Keywords action theory; sociological theory; action; psychological theory; framing approach; action orientation; aggregation; social actor
Classification General Concepts, Major Hypotheses and Major Theories in the Social Sciences; General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Method basic research; theory formation
Free Keywords Aggregation; Akteur
Document language German
Publication Year 2004
Page/Pages p. 186-205
Journal Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 33 (2004) 3
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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