Joint Commitment: How We Make the Social World

Hardcover | October 22, 2013

byMargaret Gilbert

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In this wide-ranging collection of essays, distinguished philosopher Margaret Gilbert investigates the structure of our social world. People often speak of what we do, think, and feel, and of our values, conventions, and laws. Asking how we understand such talk, Gilbert invokes thefoundational idea of joint commitment. She applies this idea further to topics ranging from the mutual recognition of two people to the unity of the European Union, from marital love to patriotism, from promissory obligation to the rights of those who issue authoritative commands. Written clearlyand without undue technicality, this richly textured collection of essays makes a powerful argument for the importance of joint commitment in our personal and public lives.

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In this wide-ranging collection of essays, distinguished philosopher Margaret Gilbert investigates the structure of our social world. People often speak of what we do, think, and feel, and of our values, conventions, and laws. Asking how we understand such talk, Gilbert invokes thefoundational idea of joint commitment. She applies this...

Margaret Gilbert is Melden Chair in Moral Philosophy and Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. A founding figure in contemporary philosophy of social phenomena, her work has applications within moral, political and legal philosophy and social and political science. Her many books include On Social Facts (1989...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 22, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsSourcesIntroductionPART I: SHARED AGENCY1. Acting Together2. Considerations on Joint Commitment3. Who's to Blame?4. Rationality in Collective Action5. Two Approaches to shared IntentionPART II: COLLECTIVE ATTITUDES6. Belief and Acceptance as Features of Groups7. Collective Epistemology8. Shared Values, Social Unity, and Liberty9. Social Convention Revisited10. Collective Guilt FeelingsPART III: MUTUAL RECOGNITION, PROMISES, AND LOVE11. "Fusion": a contractual model12. The problem of promisees' rights13. Three dogmas about promising14. Mutual RecognitionPART IV: POLITICAL LIFE15. A Real Unity of Them All16. Pro Patria: an Essay on Patriotism17. De-moralizing Political Obligation18. Commands and Their Practical ImportBibliography of Author's WorksIndex