1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology of Agency

ISBN 9781315104249
Published October 28, 2020 by Routledge
436 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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.


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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