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    DescriptionAre companies, churches, and states genuine agents? Or are they just collections of individual agents that give a misleading impression of unity? This question is important, since the answer dictates how we should explain the behaviour of these entities and whether we should treat them as responsible and accountable on the model of individual agents. Group Agency offers a new approach to that question and is relevant, therefore, to a range of fields from philosophy to law, politics, and the social sciences. Christian List and Philip Pettit argue that there really are group or corporate agents, over and above the individual agents who compose them, and that a proper approach to the social sciences, law, morality, and politics must take account of this fact. Unlike some earlier defences of group agency, their account is entirely unmysterious in character and, despite not being technically difficult, is grounded in cutting-edge work in social choice theory, economics, and philosophy.


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    Title
    Group Agency
    Subtitle
    The Possibility, Design, and Status of Corporate Agents
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christian List, By (author) Philip Pettit
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 250
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 422 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199591565
    ISBN 10: 0199591563
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BISAC V2.8: PHI005000
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    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
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    DC22: 170
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
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    Abridged Dewey: 170
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17720
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    DC22: 128.4
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    LC classification: B105.A35 L57 2011
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    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    26 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Philip Pettit is L. S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University. He works in moral and political philosophy and on related issues in the philosophy of mind and social science. Irish by background and training, he has taught at a number of universities, most prominently at the Australian National University, and is an honorary Professor of Philosophy at Queen's Belfast and the University of Sydney. He holds a number of honorary doctorates and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2010 he won a Guggenheim fellowship and is spending 2010-11 at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Stanford University. In 2007 Oxford University Press published Common Minds: Themes from the Philosophy of Philip Pettit, ed. by G.Brennan et al.
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    Group Agency is convincing and illuminating. David-Hillel Ruben, Times Literary Supplement Group Agency combines a focus on groups with more general philosophical discussion in a sometimes surprising but always enlightening way Times Literary Supplement fascinating and enjoyable ... there is much to ponder, and much to learn from, in this lively work. Thomas H. Smith, Mind the judgement aggregation problem is a significant and neglected aspect of group agency, and List and Pettits discussion of this problem is important and enlightening. Robert Sugden, Economics and Philosophy
    Table of contents
    Contents ; Preface ; Introduction ; I: THE LOGICAL POSSIBILITY OF GROUP AGENTS ; 1. The Conditions of Agency ; 2. The aggregation of intentional attitudes ; 3. The structure of group agents ; II: THE ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN OF GROUP AGENTS ; 4. The Epistemic Desideratum ; 5. The Incentive-Compatibility Desideratum ; 6. The Control Desideratum ; III: THE NORMATIVE STATUS OF GROUP AGENTS ; 7. Holding Group Agents Responsible ; 8. Personifying Group Agents ; 9. Identifying with Group Agents ; References ; Endnotes