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The Routledge Handbook of Collective Intentionality

ISBN 9781138783638
Published October 31, 2017 by Routledge
508 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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The Routledge Handbook of Collective Intentionality provides a wide-ranging survey of topics in a rapidly expanding area of interdisciplinary research. It consists of 36 chapters, written exclusively for this volume, by an international team of experts.

What is distinctive about the study of collective intentionality within the broader study of social interactions and structures is its focus on the conceptual and psychological features of joint or shared actions and attitudes, and their implications for the nature of social groups and their functioning. This Handbook fully captures this distinctive nature of the field and how it subsumes the study of collective action, responsibility, reasoning, thought, intention, emotion, phenomenology, decision-making, knowledge, trust, rationality, cooperation, competition, and related issues, as well as how these underpin social practices, organizations, conventions, institutions and social ontology. Like the field, the Handbook is interdisciplinary, drawing on research in philosophy, cognitive science, linguistics, legal theory, anthropology, sociology, computer science, psychology, economics, and political science. Finally, the Handbook promotes several specific goals: (1) it provides an important resource for students and researchers interested in collective intentionality; (2) it integrates work across disciplines and areas of research as it helps to define the shape and scope of an emerging area of research; (3) it advances the study of collective intentionality.

Table of Contents


Marija Jankovic and Kirk Ludwig

Part I Collective Action and Intention

Introduction to Part I

Marija Jankovic and Kirk Ludwig

1. Collective Action and Agency

Sarah Chant

2. Non-Reductive Views of Shared Intention

Raimo Tuomela

3. Reductive Views of Shared Intention

Facundo Alonso

4. Interpersonal Obligation in Joint Action

Abe Roth

5. Proxy Agency in Collective Action

Kirk Ludwig

6. Coordinating Joint Action

Stephen Butterfill

Part II Shared and Joint Attitudes

Introduction to Part II

Marija Jankovic and Kirk Ludwig

7. Collective Belief and Acceptance

Fred Schmitt

8. Shared Values, Interests, and Desires

Bryce Huebner and Marcus Hedahl

9. Joint Attention

John Campbell

10. Joint Commitment

Margaret Gilbert

11. Collective Memory

Kourken Michaelian and John Sutton

12. Collective Emotions

Hans Bernhard Schmid

13. Collective Phenomenology

Elisabeth Pacherie

Part III Epistemology and Rationality in the Social Context

Introduction to Part III

Marija Jankovic and Kirk Ludwig

14. Common Knowledge

Harvey Lederman

15. Collective Epistemology

Jennifer Lackey

16. Rationality and Cooperation

Paul Weirich

17. Team Reasoning: Controversies and Open Research Questions

Natalie Gold

18. Distributive Cognitive Systems

Georg Theiner

19. Corporate Agency: The Lesson of the Discursive Dilemma

Phillip Pettit

Part IV Social Ontology

Introduction to Part IV

Marija Jankovic and Kirk Ludwig

20. Social Construction and Social Facts

Brian Epstein

21. Social Groups

Paul Sheehy

22. Social Kinds


23. Status Functions

John Searle

Part V Collectives and Responsibility

Introduction to Part V

Marija Jankovic and Kirk Ludwig

24. Collective Intentions and Collective Moral Responsibility

Marion Smiley

25. Complicity

Saba Bazargan-Forward

26. Institutional Responsibility

Seumas Miller

Part VI Collective Intentionality and Social Institutions

Introduction to Part VI

Marija Jankovic and Kirk Ludwig

27. Institutions and Collective Intentionality

Frank Hindriks

28. Collective Intentionality and Language

Marija Jankovic

29. Collective Intentionality in the Law

Gideon Yaffe

30. Collective Intentionality and Methodology in the Social Sciences

Deborah Perron Tollefsen

Part VII The Extent, Origins, and Development of Collective Intentionality

Introduction to Part VII

Marija Jankovic and Kirk Ludwig

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Marija Jankovic is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Davidson College. Her areas of research are collective intentionality and philosophy of language.

Kirk Ludwig is Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. He works in philosophy of mind and action, epistemology, philosophy of language, and metaphysics. His most recent books are From Individual to Plural Agency (2016) and From Plural to Institutional Agency (2017).


"This superb handbook provides a broad survey of the scope and direction of the rapidly developing field of collective intentionality. Itself a collective enterprise by a body of international experts, this work is a must read for every student, teacher and researcher working on this exciting new interdisciplinary domain."

– John D. Greenwood, CUNY Graduate Center

"This collection stands as an excellent record of the state of current research on the subject of collective intentionality. One welcomes the summary statements by some prominent figures in the field of their own seminal contributions, and one is instructed into the directions in which further inquiry is now proceeding. Each of the contributions is well informed, clear, and cogently argued. Taken together they reveal a wider significance of collective intentionality not only in human inquiry but in human affairs."

 –Carol Rovane, Columbia University