FIS Colleagues: I offer an alternative view of the Barber’s Paradox. The term: barber does not refer to a person per se. Rather it refers to a relationship between two persons, one of whom, when shaving another, has the role: barber. By extension, a barber is a person who provides that
Christophe -- Regarding: >Social institutions clearly have final causes (a long and complex list..) but associating agency and teleology to elementary particles may be problematic as it introduces final causes in a material universe. This looks close to an "intelligent design" option that we
Yes Stan, the Moreno-Mossio book is an interesting and recent treatment of autonomy but, as the title indicates, it is focused on biological autonomy. FYI there is also a 2009 paper by Barandiaran & all (some from the Moreno IAS team) that addresses agency and autonomy in a different way,
Dear Krassimir and FIS Colleagues, It is time for my second post this week. First of all I am glad to participate in such very interesting discussion! Thank you for the nice posts. More than 25 years ago, working on the new theory, I had to solve the problem with concept of entity
Dear Gordana, Your proposal for elementary particles and social institutions as two limit cases for agency is interesting as it also positions limit cases for normative/teleological properties highlighted as implicit parts of agency by Terry. And it brings in perspectives on your subject.