The Paraphrase Argument Against Collective Actions


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Johannes Himmelreich
Stanford University
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This paper is about the status of collective actions. According to one view, collective actions metaphysically reduce to individual actions because sentences about collective actions are merely a shorthand for sentences about individual actions. I reconstruct an argument for this view and show via counterexamples that it is not sound. The argument relies on a paraphrase procedure to unpack alleged shorthand sentences about collective actions into sentences about individual actions. I argue that the best paraphrase procedure that has been put forward so far fails to produce adequate results.
Keywords Collective Action  Paraphrase  Ontology  Social Ontology  Reduction
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DOI 10.1080/00048402.2016.1153685
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