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Philosophy Colloquium Series featuring Dr. Henrike Moll

Thursday, September 28, 2017
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Watson Hall
Room: 517
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Dr. Henrike Moll, University of Southern California


“A Transformative Account of Shared Intentionality”

THURSDAY, September 28th 2017

WATSON HALL, ROOM 517 @ 4:00 p.m.



Current debates about shared intentionality focus on the cognitive capacities, attitudes, and mental states that enable individuals to take part in joint actions. It is typically assumed that shared intentionality is a capacity which is added to other, pre-existing, capacities of an individual and is exercised in cooperative activities like carrying a table or painting a house together. We call this the additive account because it portrays shared intentionality as a capacity that an individual possesses in addition to her capacity for individual intentionality. We offer an alternative view according to which the primary entity to which shared intentionality ought to be ascribed is not the human individual, but the human form of life. As a feature of a form of life, shared intentionality is something more than the specific capacity exercised by an individual when she cooperates with others. Shared intentionality transforms all the capacities of the bearers of this specific form of life. We thus call our proposal the transformative account of shared intentionality.




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