Professor — Ph.D., University of Chicago
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ANT 320L • Agent, Person, Subject, Self
TTH 1230pm-200pm SAC 4.118
This class is centered on classic readings by anthropologists, psychologists, and philosophers as to the nature of agents, persons, subjects, and selves. These are four seemingly human-specific and individual-centric capacities that are essential for understanding modern social processes, and are the traditional grist for critical theory. For example, agency might by understood as a causal capacity: say, the relatively flexible wielding of means towards ends. Subjectivity might be understood as a represenational capacity: say, the holding of intentional states such as belief and desire. Selfhood might be understood as a reflexive capacity; say, being the means and ends of one's own actions, or being the object of one's own beliefs and desires. And personhood might be understood as a sociopolitical capacity: say, rights and responsibilities attendant on being an agent, subect and/or self.