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Action Theory

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Author(s): Middendorf, Manfred
The term “action theory” denotes various philosophical and scientific attempts to analyze and interpret human action. In a narrower sense it refers to the present intensive conceptual and empirical effort to clarify the supposedly necessary components of any action as a complex event. A key question is whether and to what extent human action can be distinguished from behavior (Behaviorism). In a broader sense the term applies to traditional positions in philosophy and science, insofar as they im…