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
An introduction to the philosophy of agency Luca Ferrero Part 1: The metaphysics of agency Introduction to Part 1 Luca Ferrero 1. Agency and causation Jesús H. Aguilar and Andrei A. 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 Gail 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 Yu 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 Gertler 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 C. 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 E. 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 M. Morton 38. Agency and normativity Kenneth Walden 39. The aim of agency Kathryn Lindeman 40. Agency and morality Christine M. Korsgaard 41. Agency in the law Gideon Yaffe 42. Aesthetics agency Keren Gorodeisky Index
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.