Conceptual Inventory

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Agency (General, or Minimal)

The capacity of a system to act on its own behalf: to initiate, sustain and terminate activities within an environment.


Kauffman, S.A. (2000). Investigations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Agential Explanation

A form of explanation that involves a reference to the goals (real or apparent) of agents. Here “agents” should be understood as entities exhibiting at least minimal agency; see “Agency (General, or Minimal).”


Okasha, S. (2018). Agents and goals in evolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press.