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Agent, Person, Subject, Self: A Theory of Ontology, Interaction, and Infrastructure

Paul Kockelman


This book offers both a naturalistic and critical theory of signs, minds, and meaning-in-the-world. It provides a reconstructive rather than deconstructive theory of the individual, one which both analytically separates and theoretically synthesizes a range of faculties that are often confused and conflated: agency (understood as a causal capacity), subjectivity (understood as a representational capacity), selfhood (understood as a reflexive capacity), and personhood (understood as a sociopolitical capacity attendant on being an agent, subject, or self). It argues that these facilities are bes ... More

Keywords: agency, personhood, subjectivity, selfhood, pragmatism, mind, meaning, media, infrastructure, ontology, interaction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199926985
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926985.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Kockelman, author
Barnard College and Columbia University