. iA - Masterclass Series


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International Masterclass Series

The Centre for Philosophical Psychology of the University of Antwerp is launching the .iA – .in ACTION – International Masterclass Series.

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1st .iA Masterclass 2013

Shared Agency”

with Professor Michael E. Bratman (Stanford University)

24-25 August 2013



Starting with his groundbreaking ‘Intention, Plans, and Practical Reason’ (1987), Michael Bratman has made highly influential contributions to topics such as agency, planning, intention and moral responsibility. His work has been influential in various areas of scientific research ranging from artificial intelligence to the social sciences. Bratman is also a pioneer in the investigation of collective intentionality. In his new book ‘Shared Agency’, he outlines how his planning theory of individual agency can be used to provide the basis for an account of shared agency:

Bratman's book “seeks a framework for understanding these basic forms of sociality: What concepts do we need? In what do these forms of sociality consist? How are they related to relevant forms of individual agency? What norms are central to such sociality? How are these social norms related to norms that apply in the first instance to individual agency? These are questions about the conceptual, metaphysical and normative foundations of our sociality. And a conjecture of this book is that a rich account of individual planning agency facilitates the step to these forms of sociality. There is independent reason – grounded in the diachronic organization of our temporally extended agency – to see planning structures as basic to our individual agency. And once these planning structures are on board we can expect them to play central roles in our sociality. The planning theory of individual agency highlights distinctive roles and norms of intentions, understood as plan states. And the conjecture is that appeal to these planning structures enables us to provide adequate resources – conceptual, metaphysical and normative – for an account of sufficient conditions for these basic forms of sociality. Shared agency emerges, both functionally and rationally, from structures of interconnected planning agency. This is a deep continuity between individual and social agency. And this is an aspect of the fecundity of planning structures, the idea that planning structures ground a range of practical capacities that are central to our lives.”  (M. Bratman, forthcoming, Shared Agency, OUP)    

ORGANIZERS: Angelica Kaufmann and Jens Van't Klooster

The .iA Project

The .iA International Masterclass is a project run by researchers in philosophy, mostly, but it is a genuine interdisciplinary activity. And it is of interest for scholars in both the humanities and the sciences. The .iA International Masterclass takes place on a yearly basis.

Each year the scientific committee select a topic, and invites one/two internationally distinguished scholars, working on the selected topic. In addition there is a call for papers, and approximately ten postgraduate researchers (PhD or Post-doc) are selected and invited to present their work.

A primary aim of the event is be to bring together young scholars working on the topics of the Masterclass. In addition, .iA points at furthering the selected topic and aims to provide a platform for cooperation between participants.

The project is funded by the Antwerp Doctoral School Grant for Young Researchers.


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