<action, politics, ethics, scholasticism> the person who performs an action. Ethical conduct is usually taken to presuppose the possibility that individual human agents are capable of acting responsibly. Recommended Reading: Hugh J. McCann, The Works of Agency: On Human Action, Will, and Freedom (Cornell, 1998); Relational Autonomy: Feminist Perspectives on Autonomy, Agency, and the Social Self, ed. by Catriona MacKenzie and Natalie Stoljar (Oxford, 2000); Carol A. Rovane, The Bounds of Agency (Princeton, 1997).
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<networking> In the client-server model, the part of the system that performs information preparation and exchange on behalf of a client or server. Especially in the phrase "intelligent agent" it implies some kind of automatic process which can communicate with other agents to perform some collective task on behalf of one or more humans.
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