Joint Commitment: Collective Intentionality, Norms and Justice

Joint Commitment: Collective Intentionality, Norms and Justice

The present issue of Phenomenology and Mind, “Joint Commitment: Collective Intentionality, Norms and Justice”, originates from the Spring School...

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Joint Commitment: Collective Intentionality, Norms and Justice

The present issue of Phenomenology and Mind, “Joint Commitment: Collective IntentionalityNorms and Justice”, originates from the Spring School “Joint Commitment: Collective Intentionality, Trust, and Political Obligation” which was organized by the research centres PERSONA (Research centre in phenomenology and sciences of the person) and CeSEP (Research centre in public ethics) and took place at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in June 15th-17th, 2015. The keynote speaker was, of course, Margaret Gilbert, the philosopher of the “joint commitment”, whose recent book (Joint Commitment. How We Make the Social World, 2013) was deeply discussed in the days of the School. Moreover, the school was animated by seventeen speakers – among invited speakers and contributed papers – from ten different countries. (…) The other contributions collected in the present volume discuss, more or less directly, Gilbert’s concept of joint commitment and point out its implications or even, more simply, its connections, both in a positive and negative perspective, with several crucial issues for the social ontology research agenda. Think of the issue of collective beliefs and the variable level of personal commitment and freedom they may imply, to the phenomenon of groups’ intentionality and the different forms of collective mental states, acts and actions in it involved, to the problem of the extreme variety of normativity (not just moral vs. social normativity, but also different types of social normativity) and its relation with institutions, norms and laws, and also to the question of the ground of political obligation and political justice and their possible relation with joint commitments. Thus, we decided to organize the articles in the following four sessions: (i) Collective beliefs, (ii) Groups’ intentionality, (iii) Shared norms, (iv) Just joint commitments. (from the Introduction)


Joint Commitment, Human Life and Social Ontology

Francesca De Vecchi, Silvia Tossut (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele)


Joint Commitment: What It Is and Why It Matters

Margaret Gilbert


Augur Augurem Videns… Belief and Make-Believe in Social Life

Wojciech Żełaniec

On Acting Because of a Joint Commitment

Silvia Tossut

Joint Commitment and Collective Belief: a Revisionary Proposal

Leo Townsend

Epistemic Authority and Manipulation: Exploring the ‘Dark Side’ of Social Agency

Sonja Rinofner-Kreidl


Commitments in Groups and Commitments of Groups

Jacob Heim

The Plural Subject Approach to Social Ontology and the Sharing Values Issue

Francesca De Vecchi

Helping Behavior and Joint Action in Young Children

Glenda Satne, Alessandro Salice

A Phenomenology of Social Stances

Gian Paolo Terravecchia


The Normativity of Institutions

Francesco Guala

The Social Impact Theory of Law

Joshua Keton

Joint Political Rights and Obligations

Seumas Miller

Shared Norms and Nomotrophic Behaviour

Lorenzo Passerini Glazel


Associative Political Obligations and the Distributive Objection

John Horton, Ryan Windeknecht

May Joint Commitment Stabilize Modus Vivendi?

Roberta Sala

The Anatomy of Collusion

Helen Lauer