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Toward an Organic Theory for the Cultural-Historical Sciences

  • Wolff-Michael RothEmail author
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Abstract

In present-day cultural-historical sciences, explanations of activity are provided in terms of thing-like, independent, and self-actional entities including subject, object, tool, sign, mind, culture, meaning, and community. In this theory-building contribution, I instead suggest an organic theory to theorize activity in terms of events, characterized by actuality and becomingness. Organic theories have radical consequences for the cultural sciences in that cherished notions—e.g. mediation, identity, intersubjectivity, and cause–effect relation—no longer have a place in organic theories of human activity. This study describes the foundations of an organic approach, provides an analysis exemplifying an organic view, and develops some of its implications for the cultural-historical sciences.

Keywords

Organic theory Event Transaction Occasion Pragmatism James Whitehead Mead 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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