A Pathology of Group Agency

Social Theory and Practice (forthcoming)
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Abstract

Pathologies of agency affect both groups and individuals. I present a case study of agential pathology in a group, in which supposedly rogue members of a group act in light of what they take the group’s interests and attitudes to be, but in a way that goes against the group’s explicitly stated agential point of view. I consider several practical concerns brought out by rogue member action in the context of a group agent, focusing in particular on how it undermines the agency of the group and whether or not the group agent itself may be responsible for it.

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Matthew Rachar
Freie Universität Berlin

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