Research

Publications

(forthcoming) "Why We Need a New Normativism about Collective Action". Philosophical Quarterly. Co-authored with Javier Gomez-Lavin.

This paper presents new empirical research about collective action, which suggests that, according to our common understanding, we do not need to seek the permission of our co-actors before leaving a collective action. We then consider what these results mean for a normativist theory of collective action.

(2021) "Quasi-Psychologism about Collective Intention". Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.

This paper considers the consequences of recent empirical results for a class of views of collective intention.

(2019) "Normativity in Joint Action", Mind & Language 34(1): 97-120. Co-authored with Javier Gomez-Lavin

This paper presents empirical research on intuitions about the normative relations involved in joint action. It suggests that the results support a “normativist” view of collective intention.

(2018) "Alignment and Commitment in Joint Action", Philosophical Psychology, 31(6): 831-849

This paper argues against an attempted application of research in cognitive science and social psychology to philosophical debates about joint action. It then argues for a different way of applying that research.

(2016) “Hegemony, Power, and Social Reality in Gramsci and Searle”, Journal of Political Power, 9(2): 227-247.

This paper attempts a synthesis of work on the nature of social reality by John Searle and Antonio Gramsci. It argues that such a synthesis is mutually beneficial.

Presentations

Why We Need a New Normativism about Collective Action

  • European Society for Philosophy and Psychology. Athens, Greece. September 2019.
  • European X-Phi Conference. June 2021.
  • Social Ontology XIII. August 2021.

Collective Action as Involvement

  •  Social Ontology XII. July 2020. (Video)

How We Act Together

  • Group Agency and Collective Responsibility        Workshop. University of Gothenburg. March 2020.
  • Normativity and Reasoning Workshop. NYU Abu Dhabi. February 2020.
  • Social Ontology XI. August 2018.

A Pathology of Group Agency

  • Group Agency and Collective Responsibility Workshop. University of Vienna. May 2019.

Normativity in Joint Action

  • Workshop on Subjectivity, Normativity, and Acting Together. Humboldt University in Berlin. August 2017.
  • Collective Intentionality X. August 2016.
  • European Society for Philosophy and Psychology. St. Andrews, Scotland. July 2016.
  • Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology. Louisville, Kentucky. March 2016.

Alignment and Commitment in Joint Action

  • Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology. New Orleans, Louisiana. March 2015.

Group Responsibility for Dissident Action

  • Collective Intentionality IX. September 2014.

Coupling and Collective Intentionality

  • European Network for Social Ontology III. Helsinki, Finland. October 2013.
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Bruce Nauman, "Pointing Heads"