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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Agency

Edited By

Luca Ferrero

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ISBN 9781138062849
January 26, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
536 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

One of the most basic and important distinctions we draw is between those entities with the capacity of agency and those without. As humans we enjoy agency in its full-blooded form and therefore a proper understanding of the nature of agency is of great importance to appreciate who we are and what we should expect and demand of our existence.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Agency is an outstanding reference source to the key issues, problems, and debates in this exciting subject and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising 42 chapters by an international team of contributors, the Handbook is divided into eight clear parts:

  • The Metaphysics of Agency
  • Kinds of Agency
  • Agency and Ability
  • Agency: Mind, Body, and World
  • Agency and Knowledge
  • Agency and Moral Psychology
  • Agency and Time
  • Agency, Reasoning, and Normativity.

A broad range of topics are covered, including: the relation of agency to causation, teleology, animal agency, intentionality, planning, skills, disability, practical knowledge, self-knowledge, the will, responsibility, autonomy, identification, emotions, personal identity, reasons, morality, the law, aesthetics, and games.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Agency is essential reading for students and researchers within philosophy of action, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of psychology and ethics.

Table of Contents

Introduction Luca Ferrero

Part 1: The Metaphysics of Agency

Introduction to Part 1 Luca Ferrero

1. Agency and Causation Jesus Aguilar and Andrei Buckareff

2. Agency, Function, and Teleology Scott Sehon

3. Agency, Events, and Processes Matthias Haase

4. Negative Agency Randolph Clarke

5. Bounded Agency Elijah Millgram

6. Agency and Games C. Thi Nguyen

Part 2: Kinds of Agency

Introduction to Part 2 Luca Ferrero

7. Minimal Agency Hans van Hateren

8. Animal Agency Helen Steward

9. Intentional Agency Lilian O'Brien

10. Rational Agency Eric Marcus

Part 3: Agency and Ability

Introduction to Part 3 Luca Ferrero

11. Agency, Powers, and Skills Will Small

12. Expert Agency Barbara Montero

13. Agency and Mistakes Santiago Amaya

14. Agency and Disability Kevin Timpe

15. Pathologies of Agency Lubomira Radoilska

Part 4: Agency: Mind, Body, and World

Introduction to Part 4 Luca Ferrero

16. Mental Agency Matthew Soteriou

17. Agency and the Body Hong Wong

18. Agency, Consciousness, and Attention Wayne Wu

19. Material Agency Matthew Noah Smith

Part 5: Agency and Knowledge

Introduction to Part 5 Luca Ferrero

20. Epistemic Agency David Hunter

21. Agency and Practical Knowledge Kim Frost

22. Agency and Evidence Berislav Marušić and John Schwenkler

23. Agency and Self-Knowledge Brie Gentler

Part 6: Agency and Moral Psychology

Introduction to Part 6 Luca Ferrero

24. Agency, Will, and Freedom Thomas Pink

25. Agency and Responsibility Pamela Hieronymi

26. Agency and Identification Agnieszka Jaworska

27. Agency and Autonomy Andrea Westlund

28. Agency and (the Limits of) Volitional Conflict Sarah Buss

29. Agency and the Emotions Carla Bagnoli

Part 7: Agency and Time

Introduction to Part 7 Luca Ferrero

30. Diachronic Agency Luca Ferrero

31. Planning Agency Michael Bratman

32. Agency, Time, and Rationality Chrisoula Andreou

33. Artificial and Machine Agency Richmond H. Thomason and John Horty

34. Agency and Personal Identity Marya Schechtman

35. Agency, Narrative, and Mortality Roman Altshuler

Part 8: Agency, Reasoning, and Normativity

Introduction to Part 8 Luca Ferrero

36. Agency, Reasons, and Rationality Maria Alvarez

37. Agency and Practical Reasoning Jules Salomone-Sehr and Jennifer Morton

38. Agency and Normativity Kenneth Walden

39. The Aim of Agency Kathryn Lindeman

40. Agency and Morality Christine M. Korsgaard

41. Agency and the Law Gideon Yaffe

42. Agency and Aesthetics Keren Gorodeisky.


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Luca Ferrero is Professor of Philosophy at UC-Riverside, USA. He works on the nature of diachronic agency and rationality, intentions, constitutivism, and personal identity. He is the editor of the Philosophy of Action section of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.