Cooperation: A Philosophical Study by Raimo Tuomela (auth.)

By Raimo Tuomela (auth.)

In Cooperation, A Philosophical Study, Tuomela bargains the 1st finished philosophical idea of cooperation. He builds on such notions a collective and joint targets, mutual ideals, collective commitments, appearing jointly and appearing jointly. The publication analyzes the sorts of cooperation, employing the the most important contrast among group-mode and individual-mode cooperation. the previous relies on collective pursuits and collective commitments, the latter on inner most objectives and commitments. The publication discusses the attitudes and the categories of functional reasoning that cooperation calls for and examine the various stipulations lower than which cooperation is probably going, rationally, to happen. It additionally exhibits a number of the drawbacks of the normal game-theoretical remedies of cooperation and provides a survey of cooperation examine in neighbouring fields.
Readership: crucial analyzing for researchers and graduate scholars in philosophy. additionally of curiosity to researchers int he social sciences and AI.

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However, it will be seen that all we-mode collective goals must, anyhow, be accepted for the use (and in this wide sense for the benefit) of the collective in question. Let me now proceed to a more detailed discussion of the classification of collective goals and especially of the interconnected features a) and c). I will below be concerned with collective goals that several agents among themselves have (or "share," as I equivalently say), thus omitting a discussion of single-agent goals and goals that collectives (groups) have.

If this is rationally to be a goal, it had better be a collective one (although it could be one in only the weak I-mode sense of Section V). The collective may specify what kinds of means-actions qualify. Thus, there may be a law or a social norm saying that every man must take part in the defense of the country. In some cases, it may be allowed and may even be necessary that only one person act and bring about the goal state. III. 2 I can now give a simple summary analysis of the notion of a collective goal the full-blown notion of a collective goal relying on the participants' intentions.

Thus, typically "I will repair the house" when conatively used expresses an I-mode intention involving the goal of mine that I repair the house, while "We will repair the house" when attributed to me expresses my personal collective goal to repair the house together with the other group members. Note that a g-content must be believed by the participants to be held by many persons. In view of the above, we can speak of an "si-content" (single participant with I-mode content), "ci-content" (many holders or a collective holder with I-mode content), "cg-content" (many holders or a collective holder with group- 32 CHAPTER 2 mode content), "sg-content" (focus on single participant with group-mode content).

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