Theorizing Agency in Hobbes's Wake: The Rational Actor, the Self, or the Speaking Subject?

@article{Epstein2013TheorizingAI,
  title={Theorizing Agency in Hobbes's Wake: The Rational Actor, the Self, or the Speaking Subject?},
  author={C. Epstein},
  journal={International Organization},
  year={2013},
  volume={67},
  pages={287-316}
}
  • C. Epstein
  • Published 2013
  • Sociology
  • International Organization
  • The rationalist-constructivist divide that runs through the discipline of International Relations (IR) revolves around two figures of agency, the rational actor and the constructivist “self.†In this article I examine the models of agency that implicitly or explicitly underpin the study of international politics. I show how both notions of the rational actor and the constructivist self have remained wedded to individualist understandings of agency that were first incarnated in the discipline… CONTINUE READING
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