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What is it like to be a group agent?

List, Christian ORCID: 0000-0003-1627-800X (2018) What is it like to be a group agent? Noûs, 52 (2). pp. 295-319. ISSN 0029-4624

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Identification Number: 10.1111/nous.12162


The existence of group agents is relatively widely accepted. Examples are corporations, courts, NGOs, and even entire states. But should we also accept that there is such a thing as group consciousness? I give an overview of some of the key issues in this debate and sketch a tentative argument for the view that group agents lack phenomenal consciousness (pace Schwitzgebel 2015). In developing my argument, I draw on integrated information theory, a much-discussed theory of consciousness. I conclude by pointing out an implication of my argument for the normative status of group agents.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Wiley Periodicals
Divisions: Government
Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 15:21
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2024 01:48
Funders: Leverhulme Trust

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