One Among Many: responsibility and alienation in mass action

In Chiara Valentini Teresa Marquez (ed.), Collective Action, Philosophy and the Law. London: Routledge (forthcoming)

Carla Bagnoli
University of Modena
This chapter argues that some paradigmatic cases of collective action, called mass-action, build upon alienation. Individual alienation qualifies as a coordinative mechanism, which explains collective actions performed by large groups. Alienation requires individuals to detach from their personal stance, and bracket their personal attachments and motivations. Differently from strategic and normative coordinative devices, alienation bypasses strategic normative regulations, such as law and enforcement. However, individuals retain moral responsibility for mass action, which are aligned to delegated actions.
Keywords collective action  delegation  plan theory  responsibility
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