Three Nodes

On Actor-Network Theory

[I]t can more technically be described as a “material-semiotic” method. This means that it maps relations that are simultaneously material (between things) and semiotic (between concepts). It assumes that many relations are both material and semiotic.

On Persons

What we have to acknowledge, in order to begin to free ourselves from these difficulties, is the primitiveness of the concept of a person. What I mean by the concept of a person is the concept of a type of entity such that both predicates ascribing states of consciousness and predicates ascribing corporeal characteristics, a physical situation, etc., are equally applicable to a single individual of that single type. What I mean by saying that this concept is primitive can be put in a number of ways. One way is to return to those two questions I asked earlier: viz. (1) why are states of consciousness ascribed to anything at all? and (2) why are they ascribed to the very same thing as certain corporeal characteristics, a certain physical situation etc.?

P. F. Strawson on person as primitive from Individuals

On Intent

A person endowed with intention is an actant able to recognise a pattern (state) and focalize (align as to force). A person is as well an actant able to intervene in a pattern or a focalization of a pattern and either change (preserve) the pattern, itself, or both pattern and self.

And so for day 2560

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