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PHIL 387: Topics in Philosophy of Action: Planning and Human Practical Organization

This year's topic: Planning and human practical organization.nnOur lives involve and depend on complex forms of mind-shaped practical organization: diachronic organization of an individual's temporally extended activity, as in growing food in a garden; small-scale social organization when several individuals act together in shared intentional/shared cooperative ways; and larger-scale organized institutions such as a professional association. These forms of mind-shaped practical organization are a basic feature of our human agency and are at the bottom of much that is good in our lives. A philosophically illuminating theory of human agency should provide disciplined, systematic, articulated resources for understanding these forms of human practical organization and their inter-relations. This seminar explores the idea that we can do this in part by appeal to our capacity for planning agency, and that in this way our capacity for planning agency is, for us, a core capacity. Related topic more »
This year's topic: Planning and human practical organization.nnOur lives involve and depend on complex forms of mind-shaped practical organization: diachronic organization of an individual's temporally extended activity, as in growing food in a garden; small-scale social organization when several individuals act together in shared intentional/shared cooperative ways; and larger-scale organized institutions such as a professional association. These forms of mind-shaped practical organization are a basic feature of our human agency and are at the bottom of much that is good in our lives. A philosophically illuminating theory of human agency should provide disciplined, systematic, articulated resources for understanding these forms of human practical organization and their inter-relations. This seminar explores the idea that we can do this in part by appeal to our capacity for planning agency, and that in this way our capacity for planning agency is, for us, a core capacity. Related topics to be discussed include the method of sequential construction in practical philosophy, social rules, institutional intention and belief, and institutional intentional agency. Readings will draw from my forthcoming Shared and Institutional Agency as well as from work of H.L.A. Hart, Margaret Gilbert, Philip Pettit, John Searle, Kirk Ludwig, Deborah Tollefsen, Jennifer Lackey, Geoffrey Brennan, Cristina Bicchieri, Scott Shapiro, Donald Davidson, Harry Frankfurt, and others. Enrollment is limited to graduate students in Philosophy and others by permission of instructor.nMay be repeated for credit.
Terms: Spr | Units: 2-4 | Repeatable 9 times
Instructors: Bratman, M. (PI)
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