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Rethinking Instrumentalism

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In order to rescue human intentionality and mental causation from determinism and reductionism, it is necessary to clarify what we mean by intentionality, which is often coloured by a problematic, one-sided instrumentalism in both current theory and the wider culture. Rethinking this narrow instrumentalism requires distinguishing clearly between what has been termed 'means-end'and 'constituent- end'human practices and appreciating the primacy of the latter in human affairs. It also requires appreciation of the fact that social enquiry itself is a form of (constituent-end) practice that is shaped by at its core, and shapes in turn, the aims and practices of the human community.

Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: 2012-01-01

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