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Omvänd ändamålsrationalitet. Urmänniska och upplevelsesamhälle
Lunds universitet.
1995 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 32, no 1, 24-30 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Inverted goal-rationality. Umensch and Erlebnis-society

The article takes its point of departure in a recent attempt at a synthesis in the sociology of culture by Gerhard Schulze. It focuses on the concept of Erlebnis-rationality, i.e. acting aimed at bringing about an intended change of one’s inner subjective state. This concept is related to a fundamental category in Arnold Gehlens anthropology and theory of action: Umkehr der Antriebsrichtung, that I choose to call ”inverted goal-rationality”. Gehlen traces this kind of action - in the form of orgiastic and ascetic ecstasies - back to the beginnings of mankind. Inverted goal-rationality is today a central and wide-spread orientation in the life of Western man - e.g. in the form of consumption for the purpose of having a certain positive Erlebnis. Finally, the article poses the question what it means for a society that an inverted goal-rationality has attained such a central position.

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Sveriges Sociologförbund , 1995. Vol. 32, no 1, 24-30 p.
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