From Individual to Collective Intentionality: New Essays by Sara Rachel Chant

From Individual to Collective Intentionality: New Essays

EditorSara Rachel Chant, Frank Hindriks, Gerhard Preyer

Hardcover | April 11, 2014

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Many of the things we do, we do together with other people. Think of carpooling and playing tennis. In the past two or three decades it has become increasingly popular to analyze such collective actions in terms of collective intentions. This volume brings together ten new philosophical essaysthat address issues such as how individuals succeed in maintaining coordination throughout the performance of a collective action, whether groups can actually believe propositions or whether they merely accept them, and what kind of evidence, if any, disciplines such as cognitive science andsemantics provide in support of irreducibly collective states.The theories of the Big Four of collective intentionality - Michael Bratman, Raimo Tuomela, John Searle, and Margaret Gilbert - and the Big Five of Social Ontology - which in addition to the Big Four includes Philip Pettit - play a central role in almost all of these essays. Drawing on insights froma wide range of disciplines including dynamical systems theory, economics, and psychology, the contributors develop existing theories, criticize them, or provide alternatives to them.Several essays challenge the idea that there is a straightforward dichotomy between individual and collective level rationality, and explore the interplay between these levels in order to shed new light on the alleged discontinuities between them. These contributions make abundantly clear that it isno longer an option simply to juxtapose analyses of individual and collective level phenomena and maintain that there is a discrepancy. Some go as far as arguing that on closer inspection the alleged discontinuities dissolve.

About The Author

Sara Rachel Chant is Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Frank Hindriks is Associate Professor at the University of Grogingen. Gerhard Preyer is Adjunct Professor at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, editor of Donald Davidson on Truth, Meaning, and the Mental (OUP 2012) and co-editor of Contextualism in Philoso...

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Title:From Individual to Collective Intentionality: New EssaysFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 11, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionSara Rachel Chant, Frank Hindriks, and Gerhard Preyer: Beyond the Big Four and the Big FivePart I: Collective Attitudes and Actions1. Deborah Tollefsen: A Dynamic Theory of Shared Intention2. Kaarlo Miller and Raimo Tuomela: Collective Goals Analyzed3. Frederick F. Schmitt: Group Belief and Acceptance4. Robert D. Rupert: Against Group Cognitive States5. Kirk Ludwig: The Ontology of Collective ActionPart II: Collective Rationality6. Abe Roth: Indispensability, the discursive dilemma, and groups with minds of their own7. Melinda Bonnie Fagan: Do Groups Have Scientific Knowledge?8. Paul Weirich: Collective Rationality's Roots9. Julian Nida-Rmelin: Structural Rationality and Collective Intentions