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From Plural to Institutional AgencyCollective Action II$
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Kirk Ludwig

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198789994

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198789994.001.0001

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Status Functions as Agentive Functions

Status Functions as Agentive Functions

(p.104) 8 Status Functions as Agentive Functions
From Plural to Institutional Agency

Kirk Ludwig

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 begins the analysis of status functions by locating them within the broader category of agentive functions. It starts with a taxonomy of agentive functions that relies on the different bases on which we attribute them and places them in relation to the overlapping category of artefacts. Then it identifies status functions as a subcategory and analyzes them as arising from the need for agents to coordinate on, or collectively accept, the same things as filling roles in joint activities defined by constitutive rules. It distinguishes between status functions attached to types and to tokens. Finally, it considers the status of counterfeits, how we understand activities into which they are introduced, and what to say when an agent intends to introduce a counterfeit but mistakenly uses the real thing.

Keywords:   agentive functions, status functions, coordination problems, collective acceptance, counterfeits

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