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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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Different Kinds of Collective Minds

Different Kinds of Collective Minds

(p.218) 9 Different Kinds of Collective Minds

Bryce Huebner

Oxford University Press

Many cognitive and biological scientists have defended claims about distributed cognition, but they have been too liberal in their ascriptions of mental states. This chapter returns to the ten cases discussed in Chapter 1, and provides a taxonomy that makes it possible to situate various kinds of collective behavior within a macrocognitive framework. It is argued that only a few of these ten cases should be seen as genuine cases of macrocognition; but it is also argued that there are some kinds of collective behavior that are proper targets of cognitive scientific research. Finally, the possibility of collective belief and collective responsibility are discussed, and it is suggested that few existing groups are likely to be believers in the fullest sense of the term.

Keywords:   Kinds of minds, Psychological explanation, Collective behavior, Collective responsibility

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