Modest Sociality, Minimal Cooperation and Natural Intersubjectivity

Wilby, Michael (2020) Modest Sociality, Minimal Cooperation and Natural Intersubjectivity. In: Minimal Cooperation and Shared Agency. Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality . Springer, Cham, pp. 127-148. ISBN 978-3-030-29782-4

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What is the relation between small-scale collaborative plans and the execution of those plans within interactive contexts? I argue here that joint attention has a key role in explaining how shared plans and shared intentions are executed in interactive contexts. Within singular action, attention plays the functional role of enabling intentional action to be guided by a prior intention. Within interactive joint action, it is joint attention, I argue, that plays a similar functional role of enabling the agents to act in a collaborative way such that their actions are rationally guided by a prior shared intention. This understanding of joint attention –as having a key functional role of enabling the rational guidance of joint intentional action by a prior shared intention – allows for an alternative understanding of the kind of minimal cooperation that infants can engage in. On this understanding, infants’ capacity to engage in joint actions is already an incipient capacity to engage in rational and intentional joint actions, albeit a capacity that is necessarily scaffolded by an adult rational co-partner.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Joint Action, Joint Attention
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2020 10:33
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:53

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