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The Common Mind: An Essay on Psychology, Society, and Politics

Philip Pettit


This book is in three sections, with two chapters in each. It begins with questions of psychology: questions to do with what it means to be an intentional agent and, in particular, what it means to be an agent with the capacity for thought. Having sketched an overall view of the intentional, thinking agent, it then goes on to explore the difference that social life makes to the mentality of such agents; in effect, it outlines a social ontology. And, having developed a picture of the mind in society – of the common or social mind – it turns, finally, to the lessons of this picture for the pursu ... More

Keywords: atomism, collectivism, explanation, historicism, holism, individualism, intentionality, philosophy of mind, program model, rational choice, relativism, response‐dependence, rule‐following, structure, thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780195106459
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195106458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Pettit, author
Australian National University
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