NEW BOOK: Group Agency: The Possibility, Design and Status of Corporate Agents
Christian List, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy in the Department of Government and the Department of Philosophy at LSE, and Philip Pettit, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University, have a new book exploring the subject of group agency.
Are companies, churches, and states genuine agents? Or are they just collections of individuals that give a misleading impression of unity? This question is important, since the answer dictates how we should explain the behaviour of these entities and whether we should treat them as responsible and accountable on the model of individual agents. Group Agency
offers a new approach to that question and is relevant, therefore, to a range of fields from philosophy to law, politics, and the social sciences. Christian List and Philip Pettit argue that there really are group or corporate agents, over and above the individual agents who compose them, and that a proper approach to the social sciences, law, morality, and politics must take account of this fact. Unlike some earlier defences of group agency, their account is entirely unmysterious in character and, despite not being technically difficult, is grounded in cutting-edge work in social choice theory, economics, and philosophy. For more information, see here