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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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Collective Selves and Collective Personhood

Collective Selves and Collective Personhood

(p.183) 8 Collective Selves and Collective Personhood

Bryce Huebner

Oxford University Press

It is often implausible to hold groups accountable for their claims and actions; in most cases, it is individuals who must be held accountable for their role in collective action. In light of this fact, this chapter argues for the existence of a minimal type of collective cognition that does not require epistemic accountability. This yields a more scientifically plausible account of collective mentality than has previously been advanced, allows for a reconceptualization of claims about collective responsibility, and helps make it clear that collective beliefs and desires are likely to be exceedingly rare types of phenomena.

Keywords:   Collective responsibility, Collective intentionality, Collective belief, Pushmi-Pullyu, Mental representation

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