Journal of Philosophy 119 (2):89-111 (2022)

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Marija Jankovic
Davidson College
Kirk Ludwig
Indiana University, Bloomington
Abstract
We argue that there is a variety of convention, effective coordinating agreement, that has not been adequately identified in the literature. Its distinctive feature is that it is a structure of conditional we-intentions of parties, unlike more familiar varieties of convention, which are structures of expectations and preferences or obligations. We argue that status functions constitutively involve this variety of convention, and that what is special about it explains, and gives precise content to, the central feature of status functions, namely, that objects with status functions can perform their functions only insofar as they have been collectively accepted as having them.
Keywords Convention  Status Function  We-intention  Collective Acceptance  Coordination Problem  Margaret Gilbert  David Lewis  Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
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DOI 10.5840/jphil202211926
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