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Joint Commitment and Obligation

Margaret Gilbert

in A Theory of Political Obligation: Membership, Commitment, and the Bonds of Society

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199274956
eISBN:
9780191603976
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199274959.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Joint commitments are compared and contrasted with personal decisions and intentions: all are in some sense commitments of the will. They provide one with sufficient reason for action, independently ... More


A Theory of Political Obligation: Membership, Commitment, and the Bonds of Society

Margaret Gilbert

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199274956
eISBN:
9780191603976
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199274959.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Does one have special obligations to support the political institutions of one’s own country precisely because it is one’s own? In short, does one have political obligations? This book argues for an ... More


Political Societies

Margaret Gilbert

in A Theory of Political Obligation: Membership, Commitment, and the Bonds of Society

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199274956
eISBN:
9780191603976
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199274959.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

A political society was defined in Chapter 1 as a society with institutions of governance. These institutions are its institutions. Three kinds of institution of governance are discussed, all ... More


Societies as Plural Subjects

Margaret Gilbert

in A Theory of Political Obligation: Membership, Commitment, and the Bonds of Society

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199274956
eISBN:
9780191603976
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199274959.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Having articulated an account of joint activity in terms of joint commitment, and hence of those social groups that arise through the joint activity of certain persons, this chapter returns to social ... More


Joint Commitment: How We Make the Social World

Margaret Gilbert

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199970148
eISBN:
9780199369898
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970148.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

This book comprises eighteen wide-ranging essays that share a common theme: the centrality of joint commitment to human life, both private and public. After an opening chapter that introduces joint ... More


Three Dogmas about Promising

Margaret Gilbert

in Promises and Agreements: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195377958
eISBN:
9780199893836
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377958.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Philosophers who discuss everyday promises (as opposed to legal contracts) generally make the following three assumptions: when one who makes a promise is thereby obligated to do what was promised, ... More


Considerations on Joint Commitment: Responses to Various Comments 1

Margaret Gilbert

in Joint Commitment: How We Make the Social World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199970148
eISBN:
9780199369898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970148.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

This essay sets out with some care the author’s concept of a joint commitment, introduced in her book On Social Facts (1989). It then addresses some comments on her work from Ulrich Balzer, Rudiger ... More


Pro Patria: An Essay on Patriotism

Margaret Gilbert

in Joint Commitment: How We Make the Social World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199970148
eISBN:
9780199369898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970148.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

This essay focuses on what patriotism is, not the value of patriotism. It focuses on the basic patriotic motive: one acts with this motive if one acts on behalf of one’s country as such. ... More


The Nature of Agreements: A Solution to Some Puzzles about Claim-Rights and Joint Intention 1

Margaret Gilbert

in Rational and Social Agency: The Philosophy of Michael Bratman

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199794515
eISBN:
9780199345229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794515.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Some puzzles from different areas of philosophy are discussed. They concern the nature of claim-rights and what it is for us, as opposed to each one of us, to have a particular intention. An ... More


Introduction

Margaret Gilbert

in Joint Commitment: How We Make the Social World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199970148
eISBN:
9780199369898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970148.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

This opening chapter introduces and explains what is distinctive about Margaret Gilbert’s joint commitment approach to social phenomena, contrasting it with standard singularist approaches and ... More


Who’s to Blame? Collective Moral Responsibility and Its Implications for Group Members

Margaret Gilbert

in Joint Commitment: How We Make the Social World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199970148
eISBN:
9780199369898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970148.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

If we are collectively morally responsible for some action, what does that say about me, and you, distinct individuals whose personal stories may differ widely? This essay probes this question, with ... More


Silence and Institutional Prejudice

Miranda Fricker

in Out from the Shadows: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199855469
eISBN:
9780199932788
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199855469.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

When someone speaks but is not heard because of their accent, or their sex, or the color of their skin, they suffer a distinctive form of injustice—they are undermined as a knower. This kind of ... More


A Fundamental Ground of Demand-Rights

Margaret Gilbert

in Rights and Demands: A Foundational Inquiry

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198813767
eISBN:
9780191851506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198813767.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter provides a solution to the demand-right problem. It argues that joint commitment is a ground of demand-rights. A joint commitment in the sense in question is not a conjunction of ... More


Three Dogmas About Promising

Margaret Gilbert

in Joint Commitment: How We Make the Social World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199970148
eISBN:
9780199369898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970148.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

Philosophers of promising generally make these three assumptions: when one who makes a promise is thereby obligated to do what he promised, that obligation is a matter of his being morally required ... More


Acting Together 1

Margaret Gilbert

in Joint Commitment: How We Make the Social World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199970148
eISBN:
9780199369898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970148.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

This essay offers a compact discussion of acting together as in, for instance, walking together. Notably, participants take themselves to have rights to their continued participation. A prior ... More


Rationality in Collective Action

Margaret Gilbert

in Joint Commitment: How We Make the Social World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199970148
eISBN:
9780199369898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970148.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

Two senses of “collective action” are discussed in this paper. To begin, “collective action” is interpreted as a matter of people doing something together, and it is assumed that such collective ... More


Shared Values, Social Unity, and Liberty

Margaret Gilbert

in Joint Commitment: How We Make the Social World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199970148
eISBN:
9780199369898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970148.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

In political philosophy “shared values” are often seen as productive of social unity. This essay assesses that perception. It considers three accounts of shared values, starting with the summative ... More


De-Moralizing Political Obligation 1

Margaret Gilbert

in Joint Commitment: How We Make the Social World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199970148
eISBN:
9780199369898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970148.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

Does one have an obligation to support the political institutions of one’s own country in particular—and if so, what precisely is the ground of this obligation? In short, are there political ... More


Two Approaches to Shared Intention: An Essay in the Philosophy of Social Phenomena

Margaret Gilbert

in Joint Commitment: How We Make the Social World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199970148
eISBN:
9780199369898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199970148.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

Drawing on earlier work of the author that is both clarified and amplified here, this essay explores the question: what is it for two or more people to intend to do something in the future? In short, ... More


Community, Identity, and Joint Commitment

Ruth C. A. Higgins

in The Moral Limits of Law: Obedience, Respect, and Legitimacy

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199265671
eISBN:
9780191699092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265671.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter looks to non-voluntary social groupings, membership of which may be thought to ground and generate obligations. It also discusses the theories of John Horton, Ronald Dworkin, and ... More


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