The Politics of Agency: Toward a Pragmatic Approach to Philosophical Anthropology

1st Edition

J. Jeremy Wisnewski

Published November 11, 2016
Reference - 160 Pages
ISBN 9781138255975 - CAT# Y313530
Series: Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Philosophy

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Debates about individualism and holism, reductionism and phenomenology, and naturalism and humanism all turn on how we answer the basic questions about the nature of human agency. This book argues that the traditional emphasis on the accuracy of a given theory of human agency has systematically obscured the normative dimension in these theories and that recognizing this normative dimension allows us to see that a pragmatic approach to theories of agency, either in social science or moral philosophy, is more appropriate. As well as offering a vigorous presentation of the pragmatic-therapeutic account of agency Wisnewski also engages critically with three rival accounts from Nietzsche, Foucault and Rorty.


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