Positioning the Normative Practice Approach

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The concept of social practices has received growing attention in interpretative social sciences. This concept is based on a long tradition of hermeneutical, interpretative, action-theoretical, pragmatist, and phenomenological theories in the social sciences, starting with Weber's famous definition of social action. In this chapter, some crucial stepping stones of this tradition are highlighted. In the line of these theories, a new approach of normative practices will be introduced, partially based on core philosophical insights of the Dutch philosopher Herman Dooyeweerd. Central features of this approach are 1) the multi-layered, intrinsically normative structure of social practices (constitutive side) and 2) the importance of regulative convictions, ideals, and attitudes leading the disclosure and development of those practices (regulative side).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Normative Nature of Social Practices and Ethics in Professional Environments
EditorsMarc J. de Vries, Henk Jochemsen
PublisherIGI Global Publishing
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781522580072
ISBN (Print)9781522580065
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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