On Agency, Part 10

Going to America! Arkady Svidrigailov’s dying words as he commits suicide in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment read more »

On Agency, Part 6

From the beginning of Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms in the early 1980s right up through the first decade of the twenty-first century, China’s socialist-capitalist hybrid society worked remarkably well. read more »

On Agency, Part 3

The Shang and the Zhou

The Shang dynasty (roughly 1600 – 1046 BC) is the earliest Chinese dynasty that we actually have solid evidence of. Earlier dynasties may have existed, but if so no one can prove it – they are referred to as “legendary” dynasties. read more »

On Agency, Part 2

We found that the belief in human agency in ancient Chinese philosophical and religious thought co-occurred with progress. Yukun Zhao et al., “Agency in Ancient China” read more »

On Agency

“Agency” is a small word but it has large meanings. In my day job in the financial industry, for example, “agency” issues refer to the differences in interests between investors (the principals) and their financial advisors (the agents). read more »

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