Free Will, Determinism and the “Problem” of Structure and Agency in the Social Sciences

  title={Free Will, Determinism and the “Problem” of Structure and Agency in the Social Sciences},
  author={Nigel Pleasants},
  journal={Philosophy of the Social Sciences},
  pages={3 - 30}
  • N. Pleasants
  • Published 1 January 2019
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
The so-called “problem” of structure and agency is clearly related to the philosophical problem of free will and determinism, yet the central philosophical issues are not well understood by theorists of structure and agency in the social sciences. In this article I draw a map of the available stances on the metaphysics of free will and determinism. With the aid of this map the problem of structure and agency will be seen to dissolve. The problem of structure and agency is sustained by a failure… Expand
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