Three Kinds of Collective Attitudes
23 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2014
Date Written: April 6, 2014
This paper offers a comparison of three different kinds of collective attitudes (such as collective preferences and collective beliefs): aggregate, common, and corporate ones. They differ not only in their relationship to individual attitudes – e.g., whether they are "reducible" to individual attitudes – but also in the roles they play in relation to the collectives to which they are ascribed. The failure to distinguish them can lead to confusion, in informal talk as well as in the social sciences. So, the paper’s message is an appeal for disambiguation.
Keywords: Collective intentionality, aggregate, common, and corporate attitudes, collective beliefs and preferences, common knowledge, coordination, group agency
JEL Classification: D71
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