Group Agents are Not Expressive, Pragmatic or Theoretical Fictions

Philip Pettit*

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    Abstract

    Group agents have been represented as expressive fictions by those who treat ascriptions of agency to groups as metaphorical; as pragmatic fictions by those who think that the agency ascribed to groups belongs in the first place to a distinct individual or set of individuals; and as theoretical fictions by those who think that postulating group agents serves no indispensable role in our theory of the social world. This paper identifies, criticizes and rejects each of these views, defending a strong realist position.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1641-1662
    Number of pages22
    JournalErkenntnis
    Volume79
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2014

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