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From Individual to Collective Intentionality: New Essays

Sara Rachel Chant, Frank Hindriks, and Gerhard Preyer


Many of the things we do, we do together with other people. Think of carpooling and playing tennis. In the past two or three decades, it has become increasingly popular to analyze such collective actions in terms of collective intentions. This book's chapters address issues such as how individuals succeed in maintaining coordination throughout the performance of a collective action, whether groups can actually believe propositions or whether they merely accept them, and what kind of evidence, if any, disciplines such as cognitive science and semantics provide in support of irreducibly collecti ... More

Keywords: collective action, collective intentionality, collective rationality, coordination, group agency, irreducibility, reduction, social ontology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199936502
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936502.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Rachel Chant, editor
University of Missouri-Columbia

Frank Hindriks, editor
University of Groningen

Gerhard Preyer, editor
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University

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Front Matter


Sara Rachel Chant, Frank Hindriks, and Gerhard Preyer

Part One Collective Attitudes and Actions

2 Collective Goals Analyzed

Kaarlo Miller, and Raimo Tuomela

3 Group Belief and Acceptance

Frederick F. Schmitt

Part Two Collective Rationality

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