1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology of Agency

Edited By Christopher Erhard, Tobias Keiling Copyright 2021
    436 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    436 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Phenomenology has primarily been concerned with questions about knowledge and ontology. However, in recent years the rise of interest and research in phenomenology and embodiment, the emotions and cognitive science has seen the concept of agency move to a central place in the study of phenomenology generally.

    The Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology of Agency is an outstanding reference source to this topic and the first volume of its kind. It comprises twenty-seven chapters written by leading international contributors. Organised into two parts, the following key topics are covered:

    • major figures
    • the metaphysics of agency
    • rationality
    • voluntary and involuntary action
    • moral experience
    • deliberation and choice
    • phenomenology of agency and the cognitive sciences
    • phenomenology of freedom
    • embodied agency

    Essential reading for students and researchers in phenomenology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics and philosophy of cognitive science The Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology of Agency will also be of interest to those in closely related subjects such as sociology and psychology.

    Introduction Christopher Erhard and Tobias Keiling

    Part 1: Important Figures: From Brentano to Tengelyi

    1. Franz Brentano’s Critique of Free Will Denis Seron

    2. Phenomenology of Willing in Pfänder and Husserl Karl Mertens

    3. Alexander Pfänder’s Phenomenology of Motivation Genki Uemura

    4. Scheler’s Phenomenology of Freedom and His Theory of Action Eugene Kelly

    5. The Intentionality and Positionality of Spontaneous Acts: Adolf Reinach’s Account of Agency Francesca DeVecchi

    6. Dietrich von Hildebrand on the Will and Intentional Agency Alessandro Salice

    7. The Varieties of Activity – Hans Reiner’s Contribution Christopher Erhard

    8. Martin Heidegger: From Fluid Action to Gelassenheit Sacha Golob

    9. Edith Stein: Psyche and Action Antonio Calcagno

    10. Action in the Phenomenology of Alfred Schütz Michael Barber

    11. Determined to act: On the structural place of acting in Sartre’s ontology of subjectivity Simone Neuber

    12. Emmanuel Levinas: Freedom, and Agency Michael Morgan

    13. Hanna Arendt: Plural Agency, Political Power, and Spontaneity Marieke Borren

    14. Merleau-Ponty and Agency Thomas Baldwin

    15. Paul Ricœur: A Phenomenological Hermeneutics of Meaningful Action Timo Helenius

    16. Operari Sequitur Esse: Hermann Schmitz’s Attitudinal Theory of Agency, Freedom, and Responsibility Henning Nörenberg

    17. Hubert Dreyfus: Skillful Coping and the Nature of Everyday Expertise Justin White

    18. Life is an adventure: László Tengelyi’s phenomenology of action Tobias Keiling

    Part 2: Systematic Perspectives

    Phenomenology of Agency 1: General Issues

    19. On the Satisfaction Conditions of Agentive Phenomenology: A Dialogue Terry Horgan and Martine Nida-Rümelin

    20. <Ambulo!>: Structures of Phenomenology and Ontology in Action David Woodruff Smith

    21. Will-Power: Essentially Embodied Agentive Phenomenology, By Way of O’Shaughnessy Robert Hanna

    22. Phenomenology of Agency and the Cognitive Sciences Shaun Gallagher

    Phenomenology of Agency 2: Aspects of Agency

    23. Phenomenology of Free Agency Galen Strawson

    24. The Phenomenology of Rational Agency Roberta De Monticelli

    25. Deliberating, Choosing, and Acting John J. Drummond

    26. Involuntariness: Actions and their Context Günter Figal

    27. Moral Experience: Its Existence, Describability, and Significance Uriah Kriegel.



    Christopher Erhard is Lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and the Study of Religion at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany.

    Tobias Keiling
    , currently an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford, UK, is based at the University of Bonn, Germany