Collective Intentionality, Team Reasoning and the Example of Economic Behavior

Edukacja Filozoficzna 67 (1):89-102 (2019)

Raffaela Giovagnoli
Pontificia Università Lateranense
Abstract: Collective Intentionality is essential to the understanding of how we act as a "team". We will offer an overview on the contemporary debate on the sense of acting together. There are some theories which focus on unconscious processes and on the capabilities we share with animals (Tomasello, Walther, Hudin) and others which concentrate on the voluntary, conscious processes of acting together (Searle, Tuomela, Bratman, Gilbert). Collective intentionality represents also a relevant issue for economic theories. The theories of team reasoning move from the assumption that agents can sometimes behave according to beliefs and preferences attributed to a group or a team. We will point out the role of institutions as created by collective intentionality (Searle) for understanding coordination and cooperation.
Keywords Collective Intentionality  Team Reasoning  Economic Behavior
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