Founding autonomy: The dialectics between (social) environment and agent's architecture and powers

C Castelfranchi, R Falcone

Research output: Chapter or section in a book/report/conference proceedingChapter or section

17 Citations (SciVal)


'Autonomy', with 'interaction' the central issue of the new Agent-based AI paradigm, has to be recollected to the internal and external powers and resources of the Agent. Internal. resources are specified by the Agent architecture (and by skills, knowledge, cognitive capabilities, etc.); external resources are provided (or limited) by accessibility, competition, pro-social relations, and norms. 'Autonomy' is a relational and situated notion: the Agent as for a given needed resource and for a goal to be achieved- is autonomous from the environment or from other Agents. Otherwise it is 'dependent' on them. We present this theory of Autonomy (independence, goal autonomy, norm autonomy, autonomy in delegation, discretion, control autonomy, etc.) and we examine how acting within a group or organization reduces and limits the Agent autonomy, but also how this may provide powers and resources and even increase the Autonomy of the Agent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgents and Computational Autonomy: Potential, Risks, and Solutions
EditorsM Nickles, M Rovatsos, G Weiss
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science

Bibliographical note

ID number: ISIP:000223492900004


Dive into the research topics of 'Founding autonomy: The dialectics between (social) environment and agent's architecture and powers'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this