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2005 - Volume 46 > Numéro 3

ISSN 0035-2969

The « cognitive » paradigm : observations and a suggestion
Charles-Henry CUIN

 

In the last nearly twenty years, Raymond Boudon’s works have tended to support and illustrate the concept of « cognitive rationality. » This brief article aims to show both the fruitfulness of this concept, in particular the fact that it enables us to get beyond the aporia of Weberian « axiological » rationality, but also its limitations for a sociological paradigm of action. The article proposes to supplement Boudon’s approach in the latter domain by a « pragmatic » rationality inspired by Durkheim’s approach to religious beliefs, a type rationality characteristic of objectively rational yet non-reasoned social behavior.

 

 

 
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