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Date(s) - 24/02/2014
5:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Lakatos (LAK) 2.06


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Mikael Melan (CPNSS): From Plural Subjects to Group Agents

In this presentation I will consider three different ontological accounts that I have found whilst studying literature on collective actions. I have divided these accounts into three categories. The first category (1) consists of views that regard the talk of collectives and groups acting and possessing mental states as metaphorical, or even false. The second category (2) is for the views that stand for the idea according to which every collective action creates a plural subject. The last category (3) includes the middle-way views. They argue that only groups that meet certain conditions should be considered as proper agents. Here I will defend the category (2) that seems to be somewhat out of fashion nowadays. In my opinion, the views of category (3) lack the proper grounds to justify the ontological distinction, whereas the views of category (1) seem to fail in reaching all the aspects in collective actions.

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