Actions by Collectives

We commonly attribute actions to collectives. Thus, we use locutions like ‘Firm F produced the goods G’, ‘Nation N, attacked nation N2’, ‘The board dismissed Jones’, ‘The team scored’, and so on. On the basis of examples like these it seems to be a worthwhile project to accept this commonsensical view at least in part and to think that true statements of the above kind can be made. I shall do so in this paper and investigate some central philosophically and conceptually interesting problems related to actions performed by collectives. I shall below be concerned especially with studying under what conditions attributions of actions to collectives can correctly be made.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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