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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Paul Kockelman

Professor Ph.D., University of Chicago

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ANT 320L • Agent, Person, Subject, Self

31614 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm SAC 4.118
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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.

ANT 393 • Anthropology Of Information

31928 • Spring 2014
Meets W 200pm-500pm SAC 4.116
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