What is it Like to be a Group Agent?

Noûs:295-319 (2016)

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Christian List
London School of Economics
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The existence of group agents is relatively widely accepted. Examples are corporations, courts, NGOs, and even entire states. But should we also accept that there is such a thing as group consciousness? I give an overview of some of the key issues in this debate and sketch a tentative argument for the view that group agents lack phenomenal consciousness. In developing my argument, I draw on integrated information theory, a much-discussed theory of consciousness. I conclude by pointing out an implication of my argument for the normative status of group agents.
Keywords Group agency  Consciousness  Integrated information theory
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DOI 10.1111/nous.12162
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