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By Henri Lefebvre

Identifies different types inside of way of life, comparable to the theories of the semantic box and of moments. Henri Lefebvre’s three-volume Critique of lifestyle might be the richest, so much prescient paintings by means of one of many 20th century’s maximum philosophers. the 1st quantity awarded an advent to the concept that of lifestyle. Written 20 years later, this moment quantity makes an attempt to set up the mandatory formal tools for research, and descriptions a sequence of theoretical different types inside lifestyle similar to the speculation of the semantic box and the idea of moments.The second at which the ebook appeared—1961—was major either for France and for Lefebvre himself: he was once simply starting his profession as a lecturer in sociology at Strasbourg, after which at Nanterre, and plenty of of the guidelines which have been influential within the occasions best as much as 1968 are to be present in this critique. In its impetuous, usually undisciplined prose, the reader may well seize a glimpse of ways charismatic a lecturer Lefebvre should have been.

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The only reason why social science cannot fully do away with collectivity concepts on the lowest level is, according to Weber, that collectivities are part of the content of individual intentional mental states. People happen to believe that there are collectives, and they act on this belief. Insofar as a certain type of individual action is the object of social science, collectivity concepts cannot completely be ignored. But clearly, the order of explanation goes from the individual to the collective.

Individual intentional autarky is perfectly compatible with the fact that other people’s wishes can play an important role in how we act, and that we sometimes act in accordance with and even on the base of other people’s wishes. To put this differently, individual intentional autarky is not in conflict with the fact that action can be other-regarding. But – and this is the essential point – it imposes the following constraint: if individual A acts on individual B’s pro-attitude, either of the following has to be the case: A has made B’s wish his or her own, or A has some other appropriate pro-attitude, such as the wish to conform to B’s wishes, or the wish to conform to the social norm of accommodating other people’s wishes, or some such.

To give an example: our playing a duet together requires that we have this goal in common. If you simply aim at performing your part (as long as I perform mine), and vice versa – if our goals are, in other words, different goals – we may make our way through the score, but we certainly won’t be playing a duet. If our playing is to be a duet, our goal has to be the same. I call this the plurality condition. If Saturn V had been produced with the sole aim of selling it to the highest bidder, the production of Saturn V would not have been part of the plural action of sending a man to the moon.

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