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

Published in Information sur les sciences sociales. 2013, vol. 52, no. 3, p. 450-470
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 intentionalityConventionsDavid LewisInvisible-hand explanationsJoint actionUnintended 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 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:97603

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