What is thinking in Action?

Raúl Sánchez García

*Corresponding author: Raúl Sánchez García raul.sanchez@uem.es

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Sánchez García, R. (2009). What is thinking in Action?. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 98, 88-96.



This article analyses practical thought, something characteristic of the physical-sport activities. The differentiation of a theoretical thought -understood as the only and true thought in our cultural tradition-  from a practical one does not come from the material aspect of the activity (whether it is physical or mental) but from the time urgency implied. This, in the case of motor interactions, prevents us from conceiving each action as an effective response to a previous mental verbalization. On the contrary, each of those must be understood as a manifestation of the perception-action complex (the conscious and intentional part of the individual) that relates in immediacy with an intentionality background. This is going to have deep implications on the treatment of issues such as learning, creation and innovation of motor patterns or the relationship between technique-tactic-strategy.

Keywords: Background, Intentionality, Practical Thought, Theoretical Thought.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Published: October 01, 2009