Draft of a new paper challenging standard accounts of shared intentions

Here is a new draft of a paper on shared intentions. Most theorists analyze a group’s shared intention in terms of coordinated individual intentions of the group. And even those who disagree assume that the intention of a group is exhaustively determined by the attitudes of the members. In this paper I argue that this common assumption is mistaken. In fact, the shared intentions of a group can diverge substantially from the intentions of its members, and instead be determined by other factors altogether. I just presented this paper at Collective Intentionality VIII in Manchester, and presented an earlier version of the paper at the Eastern APA last December. Comments welcome!

When the Intentions of Members are Irrelevant to the Intentions of the Group, draft Aug. 2012

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