Rationality, reasoning and group agency

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The rationality of individual agents is secured for the most part by their make-up or design. Some agents, however - in particular, human beings - rely on the intentional exercise of thinking or reasoning in order to promote their rationality further; this is the activity that is classically exemplified in Rodin's sculpture of Le Penseur. Do group agents have to rely on reasoning in order to maintain a rational profile? Recent results in the theory of judgment aggregation show that under a range of plausible conditions they do. In a slogan: group agents are made, not born.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-519
Number of pages25
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2007

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  • Philosophy


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