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Joint Commitment: How We Make the Social World

Margaret Gilbert


This book comprises eighteen wide-ranging essays that share a common theme: the centrality of joint commitment to human life, both private and public. After an opening chapter that introduces joint commitment and the themes of the book, It is divided into four sections: shared agency; collective attitudes; mutual recognition, promises, and love; and political life. An important aspect of joint commitment is its provision of directed obligations and rights to the parties. These obligations are to be distinguished from moral requirements with or without special features. Another significant aspe ... More

Keywords: Joint commitment, obligations, rights, social phenomena, plural subjects, shared agency, collective attitudes, social unity, patriotism, command authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199970148
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Gilbert, author
University of California, Irvine