Scientific article
Open access

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

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.

  • Collective intentionality
  • Conventions
  • David Lewis
  • Invisible-hand explanations
  • Joint action
  • Unintended consequences
Research group
Citation (ISO format)
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
Main files (1)
Article (Published version)
ISSN of the journal0539-0184

Technical informations

Creation10/11/2017 2:10:00 PM
First validation10/11/2017 2:10:00 PM
Update time03/15/2023 2:07:39 AM
Status update03/15/2023 2:07:39 AM
Last indexation01/17/2024 12:54:58 AM
All rights reserved by Archive ouverte UNIGE and the University of GenevaunigeBlack