social action

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Actions in which the interaction with other people is of primary importance, as in situations studied in game theory. Also actions in which the agent is a plurality, a ‘we’ rather than an ‘I’. It is tempting to reduce this latter category to an aggregate of individual actions, but this kind of reduction or decomposition is not in general available. Social holists emphasize the reality of the collective agent; others try to dampen it down.

Subjects: Archaeology — Philosophy.

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