Group Agents are Not Expressive, Pragmatic or Theoretical Fictions

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Abstract

Group agents have been represented as expressive fictions by those who treat ascriptions of agency to groups as metaphorical; as pragmatic fictions by those who think that the agency ascribed to groups belongs in the first place to a distinct individual or set of individuals; and as theoretical fictions by those who think that postulating group agents serves no indispensable role in our theory of the social world. This paper identifies, criticizes and rejects each of these views, defending a strong realist position.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1641-1662
Number of pages22
JournalErkenntnis
Volume79
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 16 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Logic

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