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Joshua Knobe, Tania Lombrozo, and Shaun Nichols

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718765

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718765.001.0001

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Flavors of “Togetherness”

Flavors of “Togetherness”

Experimental Philosophy and Theories of Joint Action

(p.232) 9 Flavors of “Togetherness”
Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy

Deborah Tollefsen

Roger Kreuz

Rick Dale

Oxford University Press

According to many philosophers working on collective intentionality, there is a “jointness” or “we-ness” that accounts for the different flavor of certain social interactions. This chapter argues that experimental philosophy provides a useful method for gauging ordinary people’s intuitions about the concept of joint action, and that doing so provides some empirical support for philosophical theories that appeal to primitive concepts of “we-ness” or “jointness.” In order to explore people’s intuitions about joint actions, the studies behind this chapter used multidimensional scaling to identify underlying dimensions that affect how people think about shared intention and jointness. The results support the intuition that jointness plays a role in the conception of activities.

Keywords:   collective intentionality, joint action, we-intention, jointness, we-ness

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