Tadeusz Kotarbiński’s Action Theory

Reinterpretive Studies

  • Piotr Tomasz Makowski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Piotr Tomasz Makowski
    Pages 7-44
  3. Piotr Tomasz Makowski
    Pages 103-151
  4. Piotr Tomasz Makowski
    Pages 153-184
  5. Piotr Tomasz Makowski
    Pages 185-213
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 215-244

About this book


The book introduces Tadeusz Kotarbiński’s philosophy of action into the mainstream of contemporary action-theoretical debates. Piotr Makowski shows that Kotarbiński–Alfred Tarski’s teacher and one of the most important philosophers of the renowned Lvov-Warsaw school—proposed a groundbreaking, original, and (in at least a few respects) still fresh perspective in action theorizing. The book examines and develops Kotarbiński’s ideas in the context of the most recent discussions in the philosophy of action. The main idea behind Kotarbiński’s action theory—and thus, behind this book—is the significance of the philosophical investigations of the general conditions of effectiveness, efficiency, and economy of intentional actions. Makowski presents and reinterprets Kotarbiński’s views on these dimensions of our activities and sheds new light on the most important areas of action theory. 


Social theory talcott parsons praxis Praxiology concretism action theory philosophy of action Tadeusz Kotarbiński Lvov-Warsaw School practical philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Piotr Tomasz Makowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of PhilosophyAdam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznańPoland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-40050-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-40051-8
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