Collective intentions

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In this chapter, the author argues first that there is no intention without a minimum of rationality on the part of the relevant agent. He also argues that collectives can display that minimum of rationality only so far as they collectivise reason. The claims combined to support the conclusion that there is no possibility of collective intention unless a group actively works to ensure that it satisfies the discipline of reason at the collective level: Unless it works to ensure that it satisfies relevant forms of consistency, closure and completeness. To sum up the point to which we have been led a collectivity will constitute a centre for the formation of intention only so far as it is an organised, authorising group. Any collectivity that is to be capable of forming intentions must be able to discipline itself by reason at the collective level and it must therefore have the flexible ability to recognise collective irrationality and to respond appropriately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntention in Law and Philosophy
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781351739191
ISBN (Print)9781138734654
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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