The Routledge Handbook of Collective Intentionality provides a wide-ranging survey of topics in a rapidly expanding area of interdisciplinary research. It consists of 36 chapters, written exclusively for this volume, by an international team of experts.

What is distinctive about the study of collective intentionality within the broader study of social interactions and structures is its focus on the conceptual and psychological features of joint or shared actions and attitudes, and their implications for the nature of social groups and their functioning. This Handbook fully captures this distinctive nature of the field and how it subsumes the study of collective action, responsibility, reasoning, thought, intention, emotion, phenomenology, decision-making, knowledge, trust, rationality, cooperation, competition, and related issues, as well as how these underpin social practices, organizations, conventions, institutions and social ontology. Like the field, the Handbook is interdisciplinary, drawing on research in philosophy, cognitive science, linguistics, legal theory, anthropology, sociology, computer science, psychology, economics, and political science. Finally, the Handbook promotes several specific goals: (1) it provides an important resource for students and researchers interested in collective intentionality; (2) it integrates work across disciplines and areas of research as it helps to define the shape and scope of an emerging area of research; (3) it advances the study of collective intentionality.

chapter |6 pages


part I|76 pages

Collective Action and Intention

part II|92 pages

Shared and Joint Attitudes

chapter 9|15 pages

Joint Attention

chapter 10|10 pages

Joint Commitment

chapter 11|12 pages

Collective Memory

chapter 12|10 pages

Collective Emotions

chapter 13|13 pages

Collective Phenomenology

part III|86 pages

Epistemology and Rationality in the Social Context

part IV|50 pages

Social Ontology

chapter 21|13 pages

Social Groups

chapter 22|10 pages

Social Kinds

chapter 23|11 pages

Status Functions

part V|38 pages

Collectives and Responsibility

part VI|54 pages

Collective Intentionality and Social Institutions

part VII|44 pages

The Extent, Origins, and Development of Collective Intentionality

part VIII|42 pages

Semantics of Collectivity