1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Collective Intentionality

Edited By Marija Jankovic, Kirk Ludwig Copyright 2018
    508 Pages
    by Routledge

    508 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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