Being Human: The Problem of Agency
The human subject is under threat from postmodernist thinking which has declared the 'Death of God' and the 'Death of Man'. This book is a revindication of the concept of humanity, rejecting contemporary social theory that seeks to diminish human properties and powers. Archer argues that being human depends on an interaction with the real world in which practice takes primacy over language in the emergence of human self-consciousness, thought, emotionality and personal identity--all of which are prior to, and more basic than, our acquisition of a social identity.
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active Actor Agency Andrew Collier argued argument basic become Bhaskar bodily body Cambridge University Press causal powers chapter cognitive commitment concept conflation consciousness constituted constraints context continuous sense Corporate Agents depends discursive distinction domain Elster emergent properties emotional commentaries emotionality entails environment experience feel first-order Harre Harre's homo economicus human Ibid individual inner interaction internal conversation involved Jon Elster language linguistic live logical Martin Hollis material culture means memory ment Merleau-Ponty Modernity's moral morphogenesis natural order normative notion object ontological orders of reality organisation personal identity practical action practical knowledge practical order preferences primacy of practice Primary Agents priority properties and powers Quadrant rational choice Rational Choice theorists reason reflection reflexivity relationship Richard Rorty role Rorty Roy Bhaskar second-order self-consciousness selfhood Social Constructionism social identity social realists socialisation society's conversation socio-cultural solidarity structure and agency things three orders tion transform ultimate concerns