Universität Wien FIND

180148 SE Group Agency (2012S)

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

Details

max. 45 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 06.03. 09:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 13.03. 09:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 20.03. 09:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 27.03. 09:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 17.04. 09:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 24.04. 09:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 08.05. 09:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 15.05. 09:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 22.05. 09:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 05.06. 09:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 12.06. 09:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 19.06. 09:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 26.06. 09:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Companies, nation states, political parties, and universities are agents. This view seems natural enough form an folk sociological perspective, and is commonplace in ordinary language. However, most philosophers and social scientists have tended to assume that for the purposes of a proper analysis, only individuals should be treated as real and proper agents. In their recent book on Group Agency, Philip Pettit and Christian List argue that this view is mistaken. Under some circumstances, collectives are proper agents in the sense that there is no straightforward reduction of group agency to the attitudes of the participating individuals.
In this course, Pettit's and List's argument will be examined, and the consequences for social philosophy, the philosophy of social science, and social ontology will be discussed.

Assessment and permitted materials

Information about the course requirements and assessment will be available soon.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Philip Pettit/Christian List: Group Agency. Oxford, OUP 2010.
Further reading will be announced in the first session.

Association in the course directory

MA M1, M3

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