From the Introduction:
This inquiry is concerned with the themes of praxis and action in four philosophic movements: Marxism, existentialism, pragmatism, and analytic philosophy. It is rare that these four movements are considered in a single inquiry, for there are profound differences of emphasis, focus, terminology, and approach represented by these styles of thought. Many philosophers believe that similarities among these movements are superficial and that a close examination of them will reveal only hopelessly unbridgeable cleavages. While respecting the genuine fundamental differences of these movements, this inquiry is undertaken in the spirit of showing that there are important common themes and motifs in what first appears to be a chaotic babble of voices. I intend to show that the concern with man as an agent has been a primary focal point of each of these movements and further that each contributes something permanent and important to our understanding of the nature and context of human activity.
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About the Author
Richard J. Bernstein is Vera List Professor, Graduate Faculty, at the New School for Social Research and Chair of the Department of Philosophy. He is the author of numerous books, including these also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press: The Restructuring of Social and Political Theory and Beyond Objectivism and Relativism: Science, Hermeneutics, and Praxis.
Table of Contents
Preface to the New Edition
Part I.. Praxis: Marx and the Hegelian Background
Part II.. Consciousness, Existence, and Action: Kierkegaard and Sartre
Part III.. Action, Conduct, and Inquiry: Peirce and Dewey
Part IV.. The Concept of Action: Analytic Philosophy
Index of Names
Index of Subjects