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Three conceptions of group-based reasons

Woodard, Christopher

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Group-based reasons are reasons to play one’s part in some pattern of action that the members of some group could perform, because of the good features of the pattern. This paper discusses three broad conceptions of such reasons. According to the agency-first conception, there are no group-based reasons in cases where the relevant group is not or would not be itself an agent. According to the behaviour-first conception, what matters is that the other members of the group would play their parts in the relevant pattern, not whether they would have the cooperative intentional states constitutive of group agency in doing so. This paper argues against these conceptions and in favour of the powers-first conception, according to which what matters is that the members of the group have practically relevant powers.

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Woodard, C. (2017). Three conceptions of group-based reasons. Journal of Social Ontology, 3(1), https://doi.org/10.1515/jso-2016-0006

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 17, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 13, 2017
Publication Date Feb 1, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 19, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jan 13, 2017
Journal Journal of Social Ontology
Electronic ISSN 2196-9663
Publisher De Gruyter
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1515/jso-2016-0006
Keywords Reasons; Groups; Obligations; Willingness; Responsibility
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/37711
Publisher URL https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jso.ahead-of-print/jso-2016-0006/jso-2016-0006.xml
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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