The “Ought” Implies “Can” Principle: A Challenge to Collective Intentionality

Phenomenology and Mind. 2016;(2) DOI 10.13128/Phe_Mi-19631


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Journal Title: Phenomenology and Mind

ISSN: 2280-7853 (Print); 2239-4028 (Online)

Publisher: Firenze University Press

Society/Institution: Research Centres of San Raffaele University

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Aesthetics | Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Ethics

Country of publisher: Italy

Language of fulltext: French, English, Italian

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Guglielmo Feis


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Time From Submission to Publication: 25 weeks


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In my paper I investigate collective intentionality (CI) through the “Ought” implies “Can” (OIC) principle. My leading question is does OIC impose any further requirement on CI? In answering the challenge inside a Searlean framework, I realize that we need to clarify what CI’s structure is and what kind of role the agents joining a CI-act have. In the last part of the paper, I put forward an (inverted) Hartian framework to allow the Searlean CI theory to be agent sensitive and cope with the problems that emerged.