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Joint Commitment: How We Make the Social World

ISBN : 9780199970148

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Author: 
Margaret Gilbert
Pages
464 Pages
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Hardcover
Size
163 x 243 mm
Pub date
Dec 2013
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In this wide-ranging collection of essays, distinguished philosopher Margaret Gilbert investigates the structure of our social world. People often speak of what we do, think, and feel, and of our values, conventions, and laws. Asking how we understand such talk, Gilbert invokes the foundational idea of joint commitment. She applies this idea further to topics ranging from the mutual recognition of two people to the unity of the European Union, from marital love to patriotism, from promissory obligation to the rights of those who issue authoritative commands. Written clearly and without undue technicality, this richly textured collection of essays makes a powerful argument for the importance of joint commitment in our personal and public lives.

Index: 

CONTENTS
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
SOURCES
INTRODUCTION
PART I SHARED AGENCY
Ch. 1 Acting Together
Ch. 2 Considerations on Joint Commitment
Ch. 3 Who's to Blame?
Ch. 4 Rationality in Collective Action
Ch. 5 Two Approaches to Shared Intention
PART II COLLECTIVE ATTITUDES
Ch. 6 Belief and Acceptance as Features of Groups
Ch. 7 Collective Epistemology
Ch. 8 Shared Values, Social Unity, and Liberty
Ch. 9 Social Convention Revisited
Ch. 10 Collective Guilt Feelings
PART III MUTUAL RECOGNITION, PROMISES, AND LOVE
Ch. 11 ": a contractual model
Ch. 12 The problem of promisees' rights
Ch. 13 Three dogmas about promising
Ch. 14 Mutual Recognition
PART IV POLITICAL LIFE
Ch. 15 A Real Unity of Them All
Ch. 16 Pro Patria: an Essay on Patriotism
Ch. 17 De-moralizing Political Obligation
Ch. 18 Commands and Their Practical Import
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF AUTHOR'S WORKS
INDEX

About the author: 

Margaret Gilbert is Melden Chair in Moral Philosophy and Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. A founding figure in contemporary philosophy of social phenomena, her work has applications within moral, political and legal philosophy and social and political science. Her many books include On Social Facts (1989) and A Theory of Political Obligation (2006). She has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and held other distinguished research and teaching positions in the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia.

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