Category: Agency Theory

“Being in Time” and “The Question Concerning Technology” – Heidegger

Heidegger, Martin. The Question Concerning Technology. New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1997. Print. In “Being and Time,” Heidegger’s attempts to remove the barrier between subject and object. Heidegger argues that our relation to the world is not solely mediated by our thinking about our interactions with objects. He argues this point by discussing the idea of “flow,” or those moments…

Narrative Theory: Core Concepts & Critical Debates – Phelan and Rabinowitz

Herman, David et al. Narrative Theory: Core Concept and Critical Debates. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press, 2012. Print. In Narrative Theory: Core Concepts & Critical Debates, Phelan and Rabinowitz approach narrative from a rhetoric perspective. They state in the opening chapter, “We look at narrative primarily as a rhetorical act rather than as an object.” Given this position,…

Principles of Philosophy – Descartes

Descartes, René. Descartes: Key Philosphical Writings. Ed. Enrique Chávez-Arvizo. Ware, Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions Limited, 1997. Print. In “Principles of Philosophy,” Descartes finds room both for God and fate as well as for free will. This free will is evident through perception and understanding. Through understanding, or careful consideration of something, we can arrive at correct knowledge about the world. However,…

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding – Of Liberty and Necessity – Hume

Hume, David. “Of Liberty and Necessity.” An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1909. Web. 20 Jan. 2015. Hume’s argument in Section VIII of Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is largely an argument by definition in which Hume asserts that the debate between free will and determinism continues due a lack of agreed upon definitions for each.…

Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative – Bal

Bal, Mieke. Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985. Print. Mieke Bal’s Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative has great utility for discussions of narrative; it clearly sets up and defines the terminologies that are so frequently used with indefinite meaning in the discussion of narrative/story/text/etc. Bal not only outlines the distinction between…

Phenomenology of the Mind – Hegel

Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich. Preface and Introduction to the Phenomenology of the Mind. Ed. Lawrence Stepelvich. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1990. Print. The essential argument in Hegel’s “Phenomenology of the Mind” is that the whole of history should be viewed and understood as an ongoing process moving closer and closer (and propelled by an Absolute Idea which can be…

Feminist Theory from Margin to Center – bell hooks

hooks, bell. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center. Boston: South End Press, 1984. Print. In Feminist Theory from Margin to Center bell hooks outlines not only those roadblocks that are stopping feminist progress, but how those roadblocks can be overcome. She begins by arguing that one of the key roadblocks is in how feminist/feminism is defined by and used by other…