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Team Reasoning

How to create an aggregate subject?

1. self-representation (just done)

2. team reasoning?

There is further, alternative motivation for considering team reasoning. Some have claimed that it will provide us with a ground-level account of shared intention, and thereby of shared agency ...

‘The key difference between the two kinds of intention is not a property of the intentions themselves, but of the modes of reasoning by which they are formed. Thus, an analysis which starts with the intention has already missed what is distinctively collective about it’

So these researchers, unlike Pettit and List are aiming to capture a basic form of shared agency rather than to build on a prior account of shared intention. But there’s more ...

‘collective intentions are the product of a distinctive mode of practical reasoning, team reasoning, in which agency is attributed to groups.’

So these researchers are aiming to build a kind of aggregate subject.
They think, in a nutshell, that aggregate subjects are not only a consequence of self-reflection, but can also arise through (a special mode of) reasoning about what to do.

Gold and Sugden (2006)

But what is team reasoning? I’m so glad you asked ...

‘somebody team reasons if she works out the best possible feasible combination of actions for all the members of her team, then does her part in it.’


Bacharach (2006, p. 121)

These are the questions you would want to answer if you were going to pursue team reasoning. In this lecture series I decided there isn’t time to do that this year.

1. What is team reasoning?

2. In what sense does team reasoning give rise to aggregate agents?

3. How might team reasoning be used in constructing a theory of shared agency?