David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 34 (3):291–309 (2004)
The aim of this article is to motivate and outline a dialogical perspective on agency that accommodates centrifugal and centripetal tendencies in current cultural theories of agency. To complement approaches that assume a high degree of integration and clarity, we emphasise the diversity of agency as it is experienced in the open-ended dialogical relationship with a particular other. While these former approaches to agency provide us with the means to examine the influence of social processes such as division of labour and reproduction of community, they tend to underplay the importance of agency as it is embodied and experienced in the lives of particular people. To reflect on this aspect of agency, we will draw extensively on Bakhtin's work, which crosses boundaries between philosophy, psychology and literary criticism, and which is concerned to understand what is personal in activity. In terms of agency, his work draws our attention to the sense of responsibility and potentiality that imbues our dialogues with particular others, the aesthetics and ethics involved in dialoguing with the other, and the sense of dilemmatic choice and intonation that is involved in our dialogue with the other
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Shahram Rafieian (2012). A Biosemiotic Approach to the Problem of Structure and Agency. Biosemiotics 5 (1):83-93.
Similar books and articles
Jack Martin (2007). Interpreting and Extending G. H. Mead's "Metaphysics" of Selfhood and Agency. Philosophical Psychology 20 (4):441 – 456.
John Rowan (2010). Personification: Using the Dialogical Self in Psychotherapy and Counselling. Routledge.
Carol van Nijnatten (2010). Children's Agency, Children's Welfare: A Dialogical Approach to Child Development, Policy and Practice. Policy Press.
Abraham Rudnick (2002). The Ground of Dialogical Bioethics. Health Care Analysis 10 (4):391-402.
Alfonso Montuori (1997). Conservatism, Creativity and Social Change: David Loye's Dialogical Perspective. World Futures 49 (1):19-30.
Eveline T. Feteris (2000). A Dialogical Theory of Legal Discussions:Pragma-Dialectical Analysis and Evaluation of Legalargumentation. Artificial Intelligence and Law 8 (2-3):115-135.
Susan L. Hurley (1998). Nonconceptual Self-Consciousness and Agency: Perspective and Access. Communication and Cognition 30 (3-4):207-247.
Liliu (2004). Sensitising Concept, Themata and Shareness: A Dialogical Perspective of Social Representations. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 34 (3):249–264.
Carole Anne Taylor (1993). Positioning Subjects and Objects: Agency, Narration, Relationality. Hypatia 8 (1):55 - 80.
Patrick Blackburn (2001). Modal Logic as Dialogical Logic. Synthese 127 (1-2):57 - 93.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads13 ( #129,712 of 1,139,990 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #157,514 of 1,139,990 )
How can I increase my downloads?