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Christian von Scheve and Mikko Salmela

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659180

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659180.001.0001

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The feeling of being a group

The feeling of being a group

corporate emotions and collective consciousness

(p.3) Chapter 1 The feeling of being a group
Collective Emotions

Hans Bernhard Schmid

Oxford University Press

It is widely assumed in current philosophical research that groups and corporations cannot have proper emotions, because they have no consciousness, even if they have intentional attitudes such as beliefs and intentions. This paper argues against this view. If groups are such that they have proper intentional attitudes, they have consciousness, and thus meet an important precondition for having emotions. It is further argued that while there is reason to assume that groups cannot have “fast” emotions, they can have “slow” emotions such as confidence, happiness, or grief. Corporate emotions are plural pre-reflective self-awareness of shared affective concerns.

Keywords:   corporate emotions, collective intentionality, collective consciousness, plural self-awareness

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