Dear Terry and FIS friends - I agree with all that Terry has said about agency.
I do wish to however to point out that an agent has choice and a non-agent has
no choice. I would suggest that the defining characteristic of an agent is
choice and therefore an agent must be a living organism and
AUTONOMOUS AGENCY: The definition I propose for autonomous agency It is
open to challenge. Of course, there are many ways that we use the term
'agent' in more general and metaphoric ways. I am, however, interested in
the more fundamental conception that these derived uses stem from. I do not
Here is an interesting recent treatment of autonomy.
Alvaro Moreno and Matteo Mossio: Biological Autonomy: A Philosophical
and Theoretical Enquiry (History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life
Springer, Dordrecht, 2015, xxxiv + 221 pp., $129 hbk, ISBN 978-94-017-9836-5
AN AUTONOMOUS AGENT IS A DYNAMICAL SYSTEM ORGANIZED TO BE CAPABLE OF
INITIATING PHYSICAL WORK TO FURTHER PRESERVE THIS SAME CAPACITY IN THE
CONTEXT OF INCESSANT EXTRINSIC AND/OR INTRINSIC TENDENCIES FOR THIS SYSTEM
CAPACITY TO DEGRADE.
THIS ENTAILS A CAPACITY TO ORGANIZE WORK THAT IS
I was thinking that these words from A.N. Whitehead's "Science and the
modern world" (1926) are highly relevant to our discussions:
"When you are criticising the philosophy of an epoch do not chiefly direct
your attention to those intellectual positions which its exponents feel it
(Message from John Torday --Note: neither the list nor the server do
Asunto: Re: [Fis] Verification of the Principle of Information Science
Fecha: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:45:07 -0700
De: JOHN TORDAY
After Xueshan clarion call, I partially change what I was writing. Of
course I have to thank him for his support of the 10 principles.
Actually, in connection with the recent exchanges, particularly with
Gordana's and John (Torday) posts, I was working in some ideas further
Resent to FIS correct address
De : Christophe Menant
Envoyé : jeudi 19 octobre 2017 11:15
À : is
Cc : Krassimir Markov
Objet : RE: [Fis] What is “Agent”?
Dear FIS colleagues,
Looking at defining agency is an interesting subject, somehow close to
your rightful indignation will be even deeper when you consider that the
official important and valuable discussion among the most prominent and
recognised eminent functionaries of highly respected institutions has been
repeatedly disturbed by boring patterns of observations
Dear FIS Colleagues,
Since April 2017, the FIS forum has been silent for as long as 5 months.
September 15, Pedro has raised 10 Principles of Information Science with his
amazing insight. As we all know, since the December 1997, FIS forum has run
nearly 20 years, colleagues gathered here
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