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Title: Collective intentionality and causal powers
Authors: Elder-Vass, Dave
Keywords: Collective intentionality
Institutional reality
Critical realism
Norm circles
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: De Gruyter / © The Author
Citation: ELDER-VASS, D., 2015. Collective intentionality and causal powers. Journal of Social Ontology, 1 (2), pp. 251-269.
Abstract: Bridging two traditions of social ontology, this paper examines the possibility that the concept of collective intentionality can help to explain the mechanisms underpinning the causal powers of some social entities. In particular, I argue that a minimal form of collective intentionality is part of the mechanism underpinning the causal power of norm circles: the social entities causally responsible for social norms. There are, however, many different forms of social entity with causal power, and the relationship of collective intentionality to these causal powers varies, depending on the form of the mechanism underpinning the power concerned. Some powers depend on collective intentionality, and others do not.
Description: This is an Open Access article published by De Gruyter and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1515/jso-2014-0039,
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18914
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/jso-2014-0039
ISSN: 2196-9655
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