„Theoretizismus“ – Eine Kritik aus pragmatischer Sicht

Marc Rölli


This article questions concepts of ordering and routine by referring to the philosophical idea of “theoreticism”. Originally developed in American pragmatism the idea continues Nietzsche’s critique of metaphysics by resolving the contradiction between order and disorder. It is argued that abstract theoretical structures generate their opposite in the form of immediacy: “the order and its Other”. John Dewey demonstrates that theory is to be traditionally considered contemplative and dogmatic (“theoreticist”) while it is quite possible to perceive theory in a pluralist and practice-based manner. Scientific, experimental inquiry serves as a model for a pluralistic understanding of perspective-limited views or discourses that are in permanent conflict with each other.



DOI: https://doi.org/10.6094/behemoth.2014.7.1.777