Radical Uncertainty: Human Emotion and Ethical Dilemmas

  • Paul Hoggett


In contrast to North America, where interest in the human actor as agent has been around longer, in Europe interest in human agency in the social sciences has been more recent, a consequence of the crisis and decline of structuralist and post-structuralist models of social action. However, both sides of the Atlantic appear to have in common a conception of agency which, to simplify slightly, stresses the conscious choices that unitary subjects make. In recent writings I have sought to question this model of agency and specifically the idea that agency is necessarily reflexive (Hoggett, 2000); that is, that we normally know why we do what we do at the time of doing it. Most recently I have attempted to develop a model of agency which could take account of the human agent as subject and object and as one which acted reflexively on some occasions and unreflexively on others (Hoggett. 2001).


Social Capital Local Resident Ethical Dilemma Moral Philosophy Human Emotion 
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