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Invisible agents. Framework for a comparative approach to fundamental uncertainties

Abstract : Based on previous work on uncertainty as a heuristic tool, this paper wants to extend the theoretical and empirical framework to include the analysis of intangible agents. Certainty, which is never absolute, is nevertheless a social necessity because it allows for anticipation, and thus social interaction. It is founded on specific regimes of truth. In situations of uncertainty, however, the social institutions that should have provided the capacity for anticipation are considered incomplete or inefficient by actors themselves. Such situations may lead to a reconfiguration of social values and epistemes. This paper shows that, in those cases in which intangible agents are involved, the principles of social belonging are made fragile, which often leads to socio-political fragmentation and the rejections of dominant regimes of truth.
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Laurent Dousset. Invisible agents. Framework for a comparative approach to fundamental uncertainties. Revue des Sciences sociales, Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2022. ⟨halshs-03529013⟩



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