The “Ought” Implies “Can” Principle: A Challenge to Collective Intentionality

Phenomenology and Mind 2:114-121 (2012)

Guglielmo Feis
Università degli Studi di Milano
I investigate collective intentionality (CI) through the “Ought” implies “Can” (OIC) principle. My leading question is does OIC impose any further requirement on CI? In answering the challenge inside a Searlean framework, I realize that we need to clarify what CI's structure is and what kind of role the agents joining a CI-act have. In the last part of the paper, I put forward an (inverted) Hartian framework to allow the Searlean CI theory to be agent sensitive and cope with the problems that emerged.
Keywords Ought implies Can  Collective Intentionality  John Searle
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