Trouble with Success

The Problem of Effectiveness in Praxiology

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The “Three E’s of Praxiology” are often said to be Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Ethics. Ethics is such a wide and complicated topic, much more so than many people tend to realize, that I do not intend to tackle it here. I try to avoid ethical and moral issues in this paper. Efficiency sounds like a term in engineering science and my suspicion is that it is pretty well understood concept, yet philosophers can complicate any term and topic, if they are given a chance. Anyway, I do not have anything to say about it now. We are left with effectiveness, which is, as I want to show, a complicated and demanding term to use and understand, if we do not use it its naïve colloquial sense. Many praxiologists may want to by-pass such issues and say, simply, that effective action and work reach their given goal, or get the job done. In other words, effectiveness means that action reaches its goal, which is understood as an object or content of, say, the relevant intention. We can put this idea thus: effective action realizes the relevant intention of the agent. For example: I want to build a bridge and as a result of my effective action we have a bridge, as I intended. What could be simpler? I do what I intended to do and that is it. I show how problematic this idea really is.
Originalspråkengelska
Titel på gästpublikationPraxiological Essays : Texts and Contexts
RedaktörerWojciech Gasparski
UtgivningsortNew York
FörlagRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Utgivningsdatum20 sep 2017
Utgåva1
Artikelnummer1
ISBN (tryckt)9781138069008, 9781138102668
ISBN (elektroniskt)9781351595353, 9781315103532
StatusPublicerad - 20 sep 2017
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NamnPraxiology: The International Annual of Practical Philosophy and Methodology
FörlagRoutledge
Nummer25

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  • 611 Filosofi

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Airaksinen, T. (2017). Trouble with Success: The Problem of Effectiveness in Praxiology . I W. Gasparski (Red.), Praxiological Essays: Texts and Contexts (1 red.). [1] (Praxiology: The International Annual of Practical Philosophy and Methodology; Nr. 25). New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis.
Airaksinen, Timo. / Trouble with Success : The Problem of Effectiveness in Praxiology . Praxiological Essays: Texts and Contexts. redaktör / Wojciech Gasparski. 1. red. New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2017. (Praxiology: The International Annual of Practical Philosophy and Methodology; 25).
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