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Action, Science of (Handlungswissenschaft)
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I. Terminology – II. Social Sciences – III. Practical Theology

I. Terminology

From the 18th century on, the German term Handlungswissenschaft denoted the study of trade (Handel). It thus came to represent one of the precursors of modern economics. Nowadays it has this meaning only in historical contexts. Its present-day usage refers to the disciplines that deal with action in the broadest sense, from trade through pedagogy to psychology, sociology, and political scie…

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Daiber, Karl-Fritz, “Action, Science of (Handlungswissenschaft)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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