Shared Goals and Development

Philosophical Quarterly 65 (258):94-101 (2015)

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Olle Blomberg
University of Gothenburg
Abstract
In 'Joint Action and Development', Stephen Butterfill argues that if several agents' actions are driven by what he calls a "shared goal"—a certain pattern of goal-relations and expectations—then these actions constitute a joint action. This kind of joint action is sufficiently cognitively undemanding for children to engage in, and therefore has the potential to play a part in fostering their understanding of other minds. Part of the functional role of shared goals is to enable agents to choose means that are appropriate to realising a goal with others rather than individually. By offering a counterexample, I show that the pattern of goal-relations and expectations specified by Butterfill cannot play this role. I then provide an appropriately conceptually and cognitively undemanding amendment with which the account can be saved.
Keywords joint action  plural activity  shared goal  mindreading  social development  Stephen Butterfill
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DOI 10.1093/pq/pqu059
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