Paper: An Inter-Enactive Approach to Agency

Steve Torrance and I have published a new paper on the inter-enactive approach to agency. It is now available in the Internet version of the journal Humana.Mente.

An Inter-Enactive Approach to Agency: Participatory Sense-Making, Dynamics, and Sociality

Steve Torrance and Tom Froese

An inter-enactive approach to agency holds that the behaviour of agents in a social situation unfolds not only according to their individual abilities and goals, but also according to the conditions and constraints imposed by the autonomous dynamics of the interaction process itself. We illustrate this position with examples drawn from phenomenological observations and dynamical systems models. On the basis of these examples we discuss some of the implications of this inter-enactive approach to agency for our understanding of social phenomena in a broader sense, and how the inter-enactive account provided here has to be taken alongside a theory of larger-scale social processes.

You can download the full paper here.



  1. Ad said,

    January 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Looks good, but 34 pages!!! In our lab 10 pages is considered generous…

    • Tom Froese said,

      January 26, 2011 at 1:29 am

      True, I was surprised to see the number of pages, too! But I think it has something to do with the small size of the pages… 😉

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