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Pas de deux: Practice Theory and Phenomenology

Schatzki, Theodore

Phänomenologische Forschungen, Bd. 2017 (2017), Iss. 2: S. 24–39

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Schatzki, Theodore


This essay explores consonant aspects of the relationship between phenomenology and practice theory. It makes three basic claims. The first is really just an observation, namely, that phenomenology makes incisive contributions to the account of action found in practice theory. The second claim is that practice theory updates an important conception of sociality developed in post Heideggerian phenomenology. And the third claim is that phenomenologies and practice theories can combine to form wider accounts of human life that encompass such phenomena as experience, consciousness, emotions, and the body that phenomenology has well analyzed and practice theory has somewhat ignored.