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Conference Paper: Evaluating agency: A fundamental question for social and political philosophy

TitleEvaluating agency: A fundamental question for social and political philosophy
Authors
Keywordsagency
autonomy
colonization of the lifeworld
equality
freedom
Habermas
ideology
Nietzsche
populism
power
subjectivity
Issue Date2011
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-9973/
Citation
A Symposium marking the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Journal Metaphilosophy, London, UK., 11 December 2009. In Metaphilosophy, 2011, v. 42 n. 3, p. 261-281 How to Cite?
AbstractMany of the things we do in social and political philosophy, whether normative or critical, presuppose some understanding and evaluation of agency. To have a clear idea of our normative or critical enterprise, the underlying account of agency needs spelling out. This article begins with a descriptive account: human agency consists in power (or causal efficacy) organized as subjectivity (or selfhood), and such organization takes place through attributions of power informed by values. Some such descriptive account is useful for understanding and comparing forms of agency. But as we move beyond it to construct an evaluative account of agency, we face problems that are symptomatic of our social and political condition. While quantitative assessment of agency does not work, qualitative assessment seems out of place in our modern world of pluralism and yet is unavoidable for those who, like Habermas, take issue with such phenomena as colonization of the lifeworld. © 2011 Metaphilosophy LLC and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
DescriptionThis journal issue is the Fortieth-Anniversary Special Issue: The Future of Philosophy: Metaphilosophical Directions for The Twenty-First Century
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/138157
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.386
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dc.description.abstractMany of the things we do in social and political philosophy, whether normative or critical, presuppose some understanding and evaluation of agency. To have a clear idea of our normative or critical enterprise, the underlying account of agency needs spelling out. This article begins with a descriptive account: human agency consists in power (or causal efficacy) organized as subjectivity (or selfhood), and such organization takes place through attributions of power informed by values. Some such descriptive account is useful for understanding and comparing forms of agency. But as we move beyond it to construct an evaluative account of agency, we face problems that are symptomatic of our social and political condition. While quantitative assessment of agency does not work, qualitative assessment seems out of place in our modern world of pluralism and yet is unavoidable for those who, like Habermas, take issue with such phenomena as colonization of the lifeworld. © 2011 Metaphilosophy LLC and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.en_HK
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