The Paraphrase Argument Against Collective Actions

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Abstract

This paper is about the status of collective actions. According to one view, collective actions metaphysically reduce to individual actions because sentences about collective actions are merely a shorthand for sentences about individual actions. I reconstruct an argument for this view and show via counterexamples that it is not sound. The argument relies on a paraphrase procedure to unpack alleged shorthand sentences about collective actions into sentences about individual actions. I argue that the best paraphrase procedure that has been put forward so far fails to produce adequate results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-95
Number of pages15
JournalAustralasian Journal of Philosophy
Volume95
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • collective actions
  • methodological individualism
  • paraphrase
  • reduction
  • social ontology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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