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Rationality, Reasoning, and Group Agency

Philip Pettit

in Emergence in Mind

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583621
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723483 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583621.003.0017

Series: Mind Association Occasional Series

Rationality, Reasoning, and Group Agency

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The rationality of individual agents is secured for the most part by their make‐up or design. Some agents, however — in particular, human beings — rely on the intentional exercise of thinking or reasoning in order to promote their rationality further; this is the activity that is classically exemplified in Rodin's sculpture of Le Penseur. Do group agents have to rely on reasoning in order to maintain a rational profile? Recent results in the theory of judgement aggregation show that under a range of plausible conditions they do. In a slogan: group agents are made, not born.

Keywords: rationality; reason; emergence; group agency; judgement aggregation; thinking

Chapter.  12770 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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