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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Agency

Edited by: Luca Ferrero

Print publication date:  January  2022
Online publication date:  January  2022

Print ISBN: 9781138062849
eBook ISBN: 9780429202131
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429202131
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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

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  An introduction to the philosophy of agency Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Agency and causation Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Agency, function, and teleology Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Agency, events, and processes Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Negative agency Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Bounded agency  Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Agency and games Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Minimal agency Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Animal agency Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Intentional agency Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Rational agency Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Agency, powers, and skills Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Expert agency Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Agency and mistakes Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Agency and disability Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Pathologies of agency Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Mental agency Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Agency and the body Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Agency, consciousness, and attention Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Material agency Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Epistemic agency Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Agency and practical knowledge Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Agency and evidence Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Agency and self-knowledge Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Agency, will, and freedom Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Agency and responsibility Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Agency and identification Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Agency and autonomy Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Agency and (the limits of) volitional conflict Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Agency and the emotions Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Diachronic agency Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Planning agency Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Agency, time, and rationality Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Artificial and machine agency Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Agency and personal identity Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Agency, narrative, and mortality Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Agency, reasons and rationality Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Agency and practical reasoning Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Agency and normativity Download PDF
Chapter  40:  The aim of agency Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Agency and morality Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Agency in the law Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Aesthetic agency Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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