Technology and subjectivity: the agency problem

Rosana Medeiros de Oliveira About the author

The criticism to the subject of interiority and to the philosophies of consciousness, which consider a unified and coherent individual the source of action, has atributed to another great unified agency the origin of all action. The language, the discourses, the society, the culture, the history replace the role of the subject as agency. However, they keep being unaldutered instances credited with the privilege of the action. The subject is discarded, but there is still an idealistic continuity sustaining that the agency can only be placed in the field of the human-among-themselves. This study is developed exactly to be against this prerrogative of an agency restricted to humans-among-themselves, as well as to defend the hybrids, the social technical collectives and the machines. This work will explore concepts from Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattaari, Bruno Latour and Pierre Levy, articulating them in order to deal with a concept of subjectivity which could avoid the agency credited only to humans-among-themselves.

subject; social technical collectives; hybrids; subjectivity

Associação Brasileira de Psicologia Social Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Centro de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (CFCH), Av. da Arquitetura S/N - 7º Andar - Cidade Universitária, Recife - PE - CEP: 50740-550 - Belo Horizonte - MG - Brazil
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