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An integrated account of joint action
Without joint action, man’s cultural, scientific and everyday achievements would be unthinkable. What special cognitive abilities make it possible for this to happen so often and in so many ways? Dancing, waging war, building a castle together in the sandbox - joint action is a central component of everyday life and the success of mankind. This ability is based on special socio-cognitive abilities, the scope and interplay of which characterize the human species. Literature often focuses on the large and complex forms of joint action.
This book represents an attempt to present a philosophical reconstruction of joint action through an interdisciplinary investigation of small forms with few actors. This is suitable for explaining the behavior of children and adults, as well as for taking into account empirical results from related disciplines, especially developmental psychology.
In seinen beiden Hauptwerken Grundbegriffe der Kommunikation („Der einzige einschlägige formale Explikationsversuch, der bisher überhaupt in irgendeiner Sprache erschienen ist.“ Jonathan Bennett) und Handlungstheoretische Semantik (Diese Semantik hat „der Theorie der sprachlichen Bedeutung eine neue Grundlage gegeben.“ Franz von Kutschera) hat Georg Meggle die theoretischen Grundlagen von Kommunikation und Semantik entwickelt.
Meggles Kommunikationstheoretische Schriften gehen über diese beiden strikt systematischen Hauptwerke hinaus. Sie verorten seinen handlungstheoretischen Ansatz in allgemeineren Kontexten, verteidigen ihn gegen die grundsätzlichsten Einwände und testen seine Stärke in Form exemplarischer Anwendungen.