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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Agency

Edited By

Luca Ferrero

ISBN 9781138062849
Published January 26, 2022 by Routledge
492 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

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

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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.