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Collective intentionality and causal powers

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posted on 30.09.2015, 16:02 by Dave Elder-Vass
Bridging two traditions of social ontology, this paper examines the possibility that the concept of collective intentionality can help to explain the mechanisms underpinning the causal powers of some social entities. In particular, I argue that a minimal form of collective intentionality is part of the mechanism underpinning the causal power of norm circles: the social entities causally responsible for social norms. There are, however, many different forms of social entity with causal power, and the relationship of collective intentionality to these causal powers varies, depending on the form of the mechanism underpinning the power concerned. Some powers depend on collective intentionality, and others do not.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Journal of Social Ontology

Citation

ELDER-VASS, D., 2015. Collective intentionality and causal powers. Journal of Social Ontology, 1 (2), pp. 251-269.

Publisher

De Gruyter / © The Author

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VoR (Version of Record)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Publication date

2015

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This is an Open Access article published by De Gruyter and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

ISSN

2196-9655

eISSN

2196-9663

Language

en