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Shared Goals and Development

Blomberg, Olle LU (2015) In Philosophical Quarterly 65(258). p.94-101
Abstract
In 'Joint Action and Development', Stephen Butterfill argues that if several agents' actions are driven by what he calls a "shared goal" -- a certain pattern of goal-relations and expectations -- then these actions constitute a joint action. This kind of joint action is sufficiently cognitively undemanding for children to engage in, and therefore has the potential to play a part in fostering their understanding of other minds. Part of the functional role of shared goals is to enable agents to choose means that are appropriate to realising a goal with others rather than individually. By offering a counterexample, I show that the pattern of goal-relations and expectations specified by Butterfill cannot play this role. I then provide an... (More)
In 'Joint Action and Development', Stephen Butterfill argues that if several agents' actions are driven by what he calls a "shared goal" -- a certain pattern of goal-relations and expectations -- then these actions constitute a joint action. This kind of joint action is sufficiently cognitively undemanding for children to engage in, and therefore has the potential to play a part in fostering their understanding of other minds. Part of the functional role of shared goals is to enable agents to choose means that are appropriate to realising a goal with others rather than individually. By offering a counterexample, I show that the pattern of goal-relations and expectations specified by Butterfill cannot play this role. I then provide an appropriately conceptually and cognitively undemanding amendment with which the account can be saved. (Less)
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Faculty of Humanities, Joint action, plural activity, shared goal, mindreading, social development, Stephen Butterfill
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Philosophical Quarterly
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65
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258
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94 - 101
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Oxford University Press
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0031-8094
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10.1093/pq/pqu059
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English
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  keyword      = {Faculty of Humanities, Joint action,plural activity,shared goal,mindreading,social development, Stephen Butterfill},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {01},
  number       = {258},
  pages        = {94--101},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  series       = {Philosophical Quarterly},
  title        = {Shared Goals and Development},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pq/pqu059},
  volume       = {65},
  year         = {2015},
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