Download Agency without Actors?: New Approaches to Collective Action by Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Birgit Peuker, Michael Schillmeier PDF

By Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Birgit Peuker, Michael Schillmeier

The query of supplier is a key factor in social idea and examine. The discourse of human service provider as an impression of social family members is deeply intertwined with the background of sociological notion. in spite of the fact that, in most modern discussions the position of non-humans profits a considerable influence touching on employer. Agency with no Actors? New methods to Collective motion asks: Are nonhumans lively, have they got organization? And if this is the case: how and within which various ways?

Consequently, Agency with no Actors? New ways to Collective motion
• outlines quite a lot of novel debts that hyperlink human and non-human agency
• attempts to appreciate social-technical, political and environmental networks as diversified types of supplier that produce discrete and identifiable entities
• asks how forms of (often conflicting) supplier and brokers are wonderful in perform, how they're maintained and the way they intrude with each one other.

By learning the significant impression of the function of non-humans in reference to human relatives, the publication goals to boost the discourse on company and investigates into the various attainable modes of human and nonhuman interaction. This e-book is key examining for college students and students of sociology, technological know-how and expertise experiences, social anthropology, animal reviews, environmental reviews and social idea.

Show description

Read Online or Download Agency without Actors?: New Approaches to Collective Action PDF

Similar humanism books

The natural selection of autonomy

The common number of Autonomy demanding situations the deep conventional assumption that autonomy, morality, and ethical accountability are uniquely human features. via reading autonomy on a bigger scale within the flora and fauna, it clears away the mysteries linked to autonomy claims and indicates what's important and adaptive (for people and different animals) in actual open alternatives--and how human cause strengthens, instead of creates, self sustaining habit.

Molecular Origins of Brain and Body Geometry: Plato's Concept of Reality is Reversed

New ideas come up in technological know-how whilst it seems that unrelated fields of data are prepare in a coherent manner. the hot leads to molecular biology enable to give an explanation for the emergence of physique styles in animals that sooner than couldn't be understood by way of zoologists. There are not any ”fancy curiosities” in nature.

Phenomenology and the physical reality of consciousness

The major confident view between philosophers and scientists alike is that cognizance is whatever learned in mind task. This view, although, mostly fails to seize what cognizance is like in keeping with the way it indicates itself to unsleeping beings. What this paintings proposes as a substitute is that cognizance is a phenomenon that exists in and through the physique.

A Commentary on Hegel’s Philosophy of Mind

Michael Inwood, an eminent student of German philosophy, offers an entire and designated new statement on a vintage paintings of the 19th century. Philosophy of brain is the 3rd a part of Hegel's Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences, within which he summarizes his philosophical approach. it truly is one of many major pillars of his proposal.

Extra resources for Agency without Actors?: New Approaches to Collective Action

Example text

A secret agent works on behalf of the state to obtain otherwise unobtainable information. In chemistry or cuisine, meanwhile, a reducing agent is one which achieves reduction within a particular arrangement of elements or ingredients. In each case, notions of a wider associative web and of the agent as mediator are present. Thus, strictly, it is home owners who transact property deals but conventionally they interact with one another indirectly. The agent operates as an in-­between. Any assignment of agency is thus also tied to an act of identification that may be separated out from what the agent does or achieves.

Despite these possible varieties of understanding the concept, agency functions as a term to delimit disciplinary borders. ). Hence, the notion of agency gains sociological prominence by highlighting the human and social nature of acting; it offers a strategic tool to perform the critical self-­understanding of social sciences that poses questions concerning our historical being. Does conceding agency to the non-­human, then, mean to be outside modern and sociological discourse? Well, yes and no.

I need not think, if only I can pay: others will readily undertake the irksome work for me. (Kant 1991 [1784]: 162) Agency as a human-­only property is a signet of freedom; freedom from any objectified pre-­given technological, religious or medical expertise of how we should think and live. With enlightenment we humans must recognize that we are already no longer objects of “alien guidance”. What we still lack though – according to Kant – is a way to perform our freedom that is able to deal with the effects of coming to terms that we are not governed by alien guidance – that is, not steered by a world outside our human world.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.86 of 5 – based on 40 votes