Foundations of Science

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 283–286 | Cite as

Whose Agency Now?

  • Michel PuechEmail author


I agree with my readers on the necessary alliance of personal agency and collective agency. My point is to prioritize the former. The reasons to prioritize the latter were excellent, and it was undoubtedly a sound decision to start with this scenario: political and institutional improvement of the collectives, enlightened by progressive social sciences. My argument for suggesting a different priority—toward personal microactions and their emergent effects—relies on the opinion that we are stuck in a sustainability crisis due to our current approach. In the question “whose agency now?”, my stress is on “now”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Paris-Sorbonne UniversityParisFrance

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