Collective Intentionality, Evolutionary Biology, and Social Reality

Philosophical Explorations, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2003

Posted: 13 Nov 2010

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Jack J. Vromen

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE)

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

The paper aims to clarify and scrutinize Searle’s somewhat puzzling statement that collective intentionality is a biologically primitive phenomenon. It is argued that the statement is not only meant to bring out that ‘collective intentionality’ is not further analyzable in terms of individual intentionality. It also is meant to convey that we have a biologically evolved innate capacity for collective intentionality.The paper points out that Searle’s dedication to a strong notion of collective intentionality considerably delimits the scope of his endeavor. Furthermore, evolutionary theory does not vindicate that an innate capacity for collective intentionality is a necessary precondition for cooperative behavior.

Suggested Citation

Vromen, Jack J., Collective Intentionality, Evolutionary Biology, and Social Reality (2003). Philosophical Explorations, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1706761

Jack J. Vromen (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE) ( email )

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