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By Benno Werlen

This can be the 1st English translation of a booklet which has been widely known in Europe as a huge contribution to the interface among geography and social idea. formidable, crackling with unique rules and persuasively argued, it increases intriguing new implications for the examine of house and social concept.

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If they coincide with reality,4 we can (for the time being) survive. If they are incorrect they must be abandoned, unless we wish to perish like the creatures who became extinct during the course of evolution, owing to their inability to adapt. The second basic proposition is: ‘All growth of knowledge consists in the improvement of existing knowledge which is changed in the hope of approaching nearer to the truth’ (1979:71). Thus it is not only the process of knowledge and human thought that should be regarded as rational and logically valid—not irrational, as Hume believed—but so should human action.

Another important difference between behaviourist and action theory thematizations of human activity consists in their logical construction. 11 Figure 3 Social relations Space and causality 15 BEHAVIOURIST SCIENCE OR ACTION THEORY? There are two approaches to social geography oriented to human activities. One is oriented to society and action. The other is an individually oriented, behaviourist approach. The one has to be replaced by the other because these approaches are diametrically opposed.

It transcends its makers’ (Popper 1979:159). 7 It is the same with a scientific theory or its discussion. As long as the hypotheses and/or arguments remain in the consciousness of the scientist, as long as they are only thought, they belong to world 2. But as soon as they are communicated they take on an objective character (world 3), and from this moment on they are no longer dependent on the subject, but have logical content of their own. ’8 World 3 comprises the whole of (objective) knowledge at a given time.

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