Rethinking Instrumentalism

Article written by Frank Richardson and 2009 DPDF Revitalizing Development Studies Fellow Nicolette D. Manglos, featured in the Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 19, No. 5-6:

In order to rescue human intentionality and mental causation from determinism and reductionism, it is necessary to clarify what we mean by intentionality, which is often coloured by a problematic, one-sided instrumentalism in both current theory and the wider culture. Rethinking this narrow instrumentalism requires distinguishing clearly between what has been termed 'means-end' and 'constituent- end' human practices and appreciating the primacy of the latter in human affairs. It also requires appreciation of the fact that social enquiry itself is a form of (constituent-end) practice that is shaped by at its core, and shapes in turn, the aims and practices of the human community.

Rethinking Instrumentalism
Manglos, Nicolette D.
Imprint Academic, January 2012
On the web
Manglos, Nicolette D., "Rethinking Instrumentalism," in Journal of Consciousness Studies, ed. (Imprint Academic, January 2012),, 19, 5-6, 177-201.