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The Philosophy of SocialityThe Shared Point of View$
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Raimo Tuomela

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313390

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313390.001.0001

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The We-Mode and the I-Mode

The We-Mode and the I-Mode

(p.46) 2 The We-Mode and the I-Mode
The Philosophy of Sociality

Raimo Tuomela (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter analyzes several versions of the notions of the I-mode and the we-mode. It also clarifies the central Collectivity Condition explicating a strong version of the “common fate” or “standing and falling together” idea that we-mode groups involve and that underlies the full we-mode and thus the full shared point of view. The other central conceptual ingredients of the we-mode are collective acceptance for the group and collective commitment. The we-mode embodies the group's point of view and gives a group reason for action to the members.

The chapter also contains arguments for the importance of the we-mode, and it surveys most of the arguments for the importance, necessity, and desirability of we-mode thinking and acting that are discussed in detail later in the book.

Keywords:   arguments for the we-mode, collectivity condition, plain I-mode, progroup I-mode, we-mode

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