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This week we will consider objections to Bratman’s theory of shared intention (see Bratman on Shared Intentional Action). This should not only deepen your understanding of Bratman’s position: you will also encounter some ideas about a role for commitment in joint action, and consider how discoveries in smiling might enable you to formulate objections to Bratman’s (and several others’) accounts of joint action.


This week’s lecture is the second on joint action.

This lecture is intended to guide you towards a deeper understanding of Assignment 3. (Ideas for a first way of answering that assignment were presented in Lecture 02.)

This lecture depends on you having studied some sections from previous lectures:

For the minimum course of study, consider only these sections:

If you need more time for studying Lecture 04, you can safely skip the rest of this lecture for now. Although useful for of Assignment 3, this lecture is not essential for writing a basic answer. Nor will you need to rely on its contents for later assignments.

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