ERIC Number: ED389230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
The Discontinuity of Human Existence, Part I. The Fundamental Concepts of Human Existence and the Relation between the Singular and the Super Singular. No. 50.
Rasmussen, Ole Elstrup
The first in a series of three reports on philosophy of human existence focuses on human activity in the economic context, or more specifically, the role of the entrepreneur. A variety of treatments of entrepreneurship in the literature of economics and cognitive psychology are examined, and it is found that analyses of entrepreneurship are inhibited by the unclarified relationship between the singular (individual) and the super singular (society). Concepts of human existence are then explored across the classic theories of Karl Marx, Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Auguste Comte, A. N. Leontjew, Emile Durkheim, C. Horton Cooley, George Herbert Mead, L. Feuerbach, Sigmund Freud, and Max Weber. It is concluded that these theories can not solve the problem arising from the relationship of singular and super singular. It is also found that these theories have some elements in common: canalization that encompasses transference of something from one to another; correlation that encompasses reciprocity, which is the basis of generalization; and combination, which encompasses production of the new. The classic theories also point to the problem of self-reference. Subsequent reports examine theories of discontinuity and explore the use of perspective text analysis to study the notion of competence. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Lund Univ. (Sweden). Cognitive Science Research.