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MacrocognitionA Theory of Distributed Minds and Collective Intentionality$
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Bryce Huebner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926275

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926275.001.0001

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Why Bother with Collective Mentality?

Why Bother with Collective Mentality?

(p.3) 1 Why Bother with Collective Mentality?

Bryce Huebner

Oxford University Press

Although many philosophers and cognitive science are doctrinally hostile to the possibility of collective mentality, claims about 'group minds' have played a prominent role in the history of philosophy and psychology. This chapter presents a series of ten cases where it has seemed plausible to posit collective mentality; these cases are used to motivate an initial sketch of the argument for a macrocognitive approach to collective mentality. A brief sketch of the books structure is also provided.

Keywords:   Group minds, Cognitive calisthenics, Psychological explanation, Kinds of minds

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