Collective Intentionality, Evolutionary Biology, and Social Reality
Philosophical Explorations, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2003
Posted: 13 Nov 2010
Date Written: 2003
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.
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