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This front matter section of the book Creativity and Critique: Subjectivity and Agency in Touraine and Ricoeur contains the table of contents, acknowledgments and introduction of the book. The book discusses the analysis of social creativity in a theory of the self-defining and self-creating, and acting subject. The author explores the perspectival, conceptual and substantive developments in Alain Touraine’s recent social theory in more detail in the first part of the book. In the second part of the book, the author attempts to deepen Touraine’s insights by creating a dialogue between his proto-hermeneutical social theory and Paul Ricoeur’s fully-fledged hermeneutical philosophy. The author discusses the conversation between Touraine and Ricoeur by considering what light Ricoeur’s philosophy of action sheds on Touraine’s theory of modernity through the central problematic of democracy.

Keywords: Alain Touraine; hermeneutical philosophy; Paul Ricoeur; proto-hermeneutical social theory; social creativity



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