Journal of Social Ontology 6 (1):101-116 (2020)

Olle Blomberg
University of Gothenburg
In ordinary discourse, a single duty is often attributed to a plurality of agents. In "Group Duties: Their Existence and Their Implications for Individuals", Stephanie Collins claims that such attributions involve a “category error”. I critically discuss Collins’ argument for this claim and argue that there is a substantive sense in which non-agential groups can have moral duties. A plurality of agents can have a single duty to bring about an outcome by virtue of a capacity of each to practically reason about what they ought to do together. I also argue that Collins’ attempt to give a reductive account of such “we-reasoning” fails.
Keywords collective moral obligation  group identification  non-agential groups  Stephanie Collins  team reasoning
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DOI 10.1515/jso-2020-0025
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