Arnellos A., Spyrou T. & Darzentas J. (2010) Towards the naturalization of agency based on an interactivist account of autonomy. New Ideas in Psychology 28: 296–311. Fulltext at http://cepa.info/2774
Towards the naturalization of agency based on an interactivist account of autonomy.
New Ideas in Psychology 28: 296–311.
Fulltext at http://cepa.info/2774
This paper attempts to provide the basis for a broader naturalized account of agency. Naturalization is considered as the need for an ongoing and open-ended process of scientific inquiry driven by the continuous formulation of questions regarding a phenomenon. The naturalization of agency is focused around the interrelation of the fundamental notions of autonomy, functionality, intentionality and meaning. Certain naturalized frameworks of agency are criti¬cally considered in an attempt to bring together all the charac¬teristic properties that constitute an autonomous agent, as well as to indicate the shaping of these notions/properties during the development and the evolution of its agential capacity. Autonomy and interaction are proved to be key concepts in this endeavor.