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Invisible-hand explanations: From blindness to lack of we-ness

ContributorsTieffenbach, Emma
Published inSocial Science Information, vol. 52, no. 3, p. 450-470
Publication date2013
Abstract

The unintendedness of the phenomenon that is to be explained is a constraint visible in the various applications and clarifications of invisible-hand explanations. The article casts doubt on such a requirement and proposes a revised account. To have a role in an invisible-hand process, it is argued, agents may very well act with a view to contributing to the occurrence of the social outcome that is to be explained, provided they see what they do as an aggregation of their individual actions rather than as something they jointly perform.

Keywords
  • Collective intentionality
  • Conventions
  • David Lewis
  • Invisible-hand explanations
  • Joint action
  • Unintended consequences
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TIEFFENBACH, Emma. Invisible-hand explanations: From blindness to lack of we-ness. In: Social Science Information, 2013, vol. 52, n° 3, p. 450–470. doi: 10.1177/0539018413482536
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