Abstract
Suppose that groups have reasons to act. Do the members of a group “inherit” the group’s reason? Alexander Dietz has recently argued that they do so in some circumstances. Dietz considers two principles. The first one – which I call the “Simple Principle” – claims that the members of a group always inherit the group’s reason. The second one – which I call “Dietz’s Principle,” which is the one Dietz advocates – claims that the members of a group inherit the group’s reason when they cooperate. Although Dietz thinks that the Simple Principle is intuitively appealing he argues that it has to be rejected because it has – in contrast to his own principle – counterintuitive implications. In this article, I shall try to show that Dietz’s Principle also has counterintuitive implications. Furthermore, I shall consider some revisions of Dietz’s Principle, but conclude that they are unattractive. Finally, I shall suggest that Dietz’s Principle is ad hoc.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.26556/jesp.v15i3.489
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 50,100
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

What We Together Ought to Do.Alexander Dietz - 2016 - Ethics 126 (4):955-982.
Group Morality.Frank Jackson - 1987 - In J. J. C. Smart, Philip Pettit, Richard Sylvan & Jean Norman (eds.), Metaphysics and Morality: Essays in Honour of J.J.C. Smart. Blackwell.
The Morality of Collective Actions.Torbjorn Tannsjo - 1989 - Philosophical Quarterly 39 (155):221-228.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

What We Together Ought to Do.Alexander Dietz - 2016 - Ethics 126 (4):955-982.
Group-Based Reasons for Action.Christopher Woodard - 2003 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 6 (2):215-229.
Three Conceptions of Group-Based Reasons.Christopher Woodard - 2017 - Journal of Social Ontology 3 (1):102-127.
Are All Reasons Causes?Christina Dietz - 2016 - Philosophical Studies 173 (5):1179-1190.
On the Accuracy of Group Credences.Richard Pettigrew - 2020 - Oxford Studies in Epistemology 6.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2019-08-17

Total views
10 ( #798,789 of 2,324,386 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #685,305 of 2,324,386 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes