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Groups: toward a theory of plural embodiment

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Gabriel Uzquiano

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Abstract

Groups are ubiquitous in our lives. But while some of them are highly structured and appear to support a shared intentionality and even a shared agency, others are much less cohesive and do not seem to demand much of their individual members. Queues, for example, seem to be, at a given time, nothing over and above some individuals as they exemplify a certain spatial arrangement. Indeed, the main aim of this paper is to develop the more general thought that at a given time, a group is nothing over and above some individual members as they exemplify a certain complex condition. The general conception of groups that emerges is able to accommodate a variety of constraints on a reasonable answer to the question of what are groups.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-452
JournalJournal of Philosophy
Volume115
Issue number8
Early online date18 Sep 2018
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Publication statusPublished - 2018

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