Political Philosophy and the Primacy of Agency

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In his political philosophy, Peter Winch was pursuing two themes, one of which is more explicit and more conventional than the other. His first theme was the critique of classical social contract theory. His second theme is best characterised as the primacy of agency over spectatorship. This long-term philosophical commitment is distinct from another central theme for Winch, his emphasis on particular cases. In ethics and politics, the perspective of agency implies understanding how an individual may be ‘called to agency’ by some course of events.
Translated title of the contributionSamhällsfilosofi och handlingens primat
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthics, Society and Politics
Subtitle of host publicationThemes from the Philosophy of Peter Winch
EditorsMichael Campbell, Lynette Reid
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-40742-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-40742-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

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NameNordic Wittgenstein Studies


  • Peter Winch, Political philosophy, Authority, Wittgenstein, agency, ethics


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