Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Title

Organizational Cognition: The Theory of Social Organizing

Editors

Davide Secchi, Rasmus Gahrn-Andersen, and Stephen J. Cowley

Abstract

Our abilities as humans—i.e. our powers—aren’t always stable across contexts. In particular, sociocultural contexts can amplify or dampen manifestations of our powers. In particular, the same sociocultural intervention can catalyze a manifestation for one sort of individual and inhibit it for another. We develop these insights within the conceptual framework of causal powers realism: An ontological theory built on the idea that causal influences and processes should ultimately be understood as the manifestation of powers. Developing capacities’ dynamism in this framework enables articulation of novel insights. First, that our psychological capacities are context-sensitive and dynamic all the way down. Second, that tools from ethnographies and agent-based modeling are among our best resources for describing and understanding human behavior.

Pages

145-167

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Publisher

Routledge

Publication Date

2022

Disciplines

Philosophy

Comments

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Organizational Cognition: The Theory of Social Organizing on 29 September 2022, available online: http://www.routledge.com/Organizational-Cognition-The-Theory-of-Social-Organizing/Secchi-Gahrn-Andersen-Cowley/p/book/9780367769512.

ISBN

9780367769512

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