Over against the Consequence Argument of Van Inwagen, regarded in current literature as the most important argument for incompatibilism but considered by her as incapable of establishing its validity, Steward proposes to look at the exercise of an agential
capacity which, at the time of an action, settles matters such as whether or not it is to be carried out, and, if it is, when, how, and where it will be done.
The new genealogy of feminist materialisms is not concerned with "representation, signification and disciplinarity" but is "fascinated by affect, force and movement as it travels in all directions" and, hence, it looks for "how matter comes into the agential
realism and how matter is materialised in it" (der Tuin and Dolphijn, 2010, p.
The liminal spaces we study here are located "between vulnerability and agential
power," and represent "the ambiguous, grey zone between the inside and outside, the social condition of neither fully excluded nor fully recognized.
Leggott's sonnet transforms Herrick's protagonist's view as male admirer, replacing it with the perspective of the agential
female protagonist who is no longer silent and passive.
It is not the "I" at all, insofar as the "I" could be regarded as a liberal subject or even a reasonable, agential
The poem thereby continues Barrett Browning's exploration of women as agential
intermediaries by beginning "A Curse" with the trope that ended "The Runaway Slave": she again puts a Marian narrative into play, figuring the female speaker as a sort of unwilling virgin greeted with the angelic annunciation that she has been chosen as the vessel of divine intervention into a corrupt world.
Additionally, his communication with the crow, as symbolic of the past, suggests that he finds some comfort in the often agential
process of remembering his personal history.
86) Karen Barad, Agential
Realism: Feminist Interventions in Understanding Scientific Practices, in The Science Studies Reader 1, 2 (Mario Biagioli ed.
6) Puzzled by these successes, studies on NGO influence have usually stressed agential
and structural conditions enabling NGO influence.
However, other examples highlight the balance that women strike between living through painful childhoods, and managing their limited agential
capital to survive and make sense of their social environments during their early years and into adulthood (Caputo, 2008; Coy, 2008; Dodsworth, 2012).
10) Others opted for what is nearly the same view, a "semi-compatibilism" according to which determinism remains "hard" in terms of ruling out agential
autonomy at the level of ultimate reality but is "soft" in terms of being compatible with the sort of free will (in the moral-responsibility-entailing sense) that we attribute to persons at the level of conventional reality.
Anthropologist Sharon Bohn Gmelch asserts that Tlingit consumption of photographic images of themselves and family members reveals an important and agential
response that Tlingit people formed to this emergent technology.