This chapter briefly introduces the central concepts of the theory developed in the book. Thus collective intentionality and the accompanying “we-perspective” both in the full, we-mode sense and in the “private”, I-mode sense are introduced. A preliminary survey of the contents of the chapters is given and the most central theses, twelve of them, of the theory are presented in this introduction.
Keywords: acting as a group member, collective acceptance, collective commitment, collective constitution, collective intentionality, cultural evolution, group action, group attitude, group reason, group responsibility, I-mode, I-mode cooperation, institutional status, joint action, joint intention, progroup I-mode, social institution, we-attitude, we-mode, we-mode cooperation, we-perspective
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