Philosophy Seminar: Organisations as Objects | Associate Professor Stephanie Collins
Organisations as Objects | Associate Professor Stephanie Collins (ACU)
Social ontologists have thought a lot about group agency, but not a lot about group agents. This paper aims to locate organisations (one type of group agent) as material objects in the natural world. It does this by analysing the organisation-member relation in such a way that the members are the material parts of organisations, following Kathrin Koslicki’s analysis of the parts of ordinary objects.
This gives us two surprising results. First, an organisation is wherever its members are (even, I suggest, when the members are not playing their organisational role). Second, two organisations can each be parts of one another (seemingly challenging the idea that parthood is antisymmetric).
Wednesday, 26 May 2021, 3:30-5:30 pm
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