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Interactive Agential Dynamics

Brancazio, Nick (2022) Interactive Agential Dynamics. [Preprint]

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The study of active matter systems demonstrates the usefulness of considering how interactions might co-constitute agential dynamics. Active matter systems are comprised of self-propelled independent entities which, en masse, take part in complex and interesting collective group behaviors at a far-from-equilibrium state (Menon, 2010, Takatori and Brady 2015). These systems are modelled using very simple rules (Vicsek at al. 1995), which reveal the interactive nature of the collective behaviors seen from humble to highly complex entities. I argue that the study of active matter systems demonstrates the utility of using a minimal approach to agency in studying interactive agential dynamics in more complex systems. I give examples of how this can be useful for thinking about agency in more complex systems by treating interactions as an ontological category (Longino 2021). The examples of coordination dynamics (Kelso 2001) and participatory sense-making (De Jaegher and Di Paolo 2007) are provided to show how understanding agency requires us to look beyond the individuals to the interactive agential dynamics that can guide, scaffold, or constrain their activity.


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Brancazio, Nicknickbrancazio@gmail.com0000-0002-7345-2337
Keywords: interaction; agency; active matter; coordination models; interactive dynamics
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Dr. Nick Brancazio
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2022 03:52
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2022 03:52
Item ID: 20784
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 22 June 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20784

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