Collective intentionality and recognition from others
This paper approaches questions of collective intentionality by drawing inspiration from theories of recognition. After making some remarks about "recognition" and "groups" the paper examines whether the kind of dependence on recognition that holds of individual agents is equally true of group agents. In the debates on collective intentionality it is often stressed that the identity, existence, ethos, and membership-issues of the group are up to the group to decide. The members collectively accept (recognize) status functions, goals and beliefs for the group. This paper asks whether this thesis of "forgroupness" should be re-evaluated: could the status functions, goals and beliefs be in some significant sense "for others" as well? Can the group be dependent on others' takes?
Laitinen, A. (2014)., Collective intentionality and recognition from others, in A. Konzelmann-Ziv & H. B. Schmid (eds.), Institutions, emotions, and group agents, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 213-227.
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