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Collective Agency and Cooperation in Natural and Artificial Systems

Explanation, Implementation and Simulation

  • Catrin Misselhorn

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 122)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Concepts of Agency

  3. Human-Machine Cooperation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Hauke Behrendt, Markus Funk, Oliver Korn
      Pages 109-130
  4. Collective Agency

  5. Simulating Collective Agency and Cooperation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Roland Maximilian Happach, Meike Tilebein
      Pages 239-259
    3. Eckhart Arnold
      Pages 261-279
    4. Joanna J. Bryson
      Pages 281-306

About this book


This book brings together philosophical approaches to cooperation and collective agency with research into human-machine interaction and cooperation from engineering, robotics, computer science and AI. Bringing these so far largely unrelated fields of study together leads to a better understanding of collective agency in natural and artificial systems and will help to improve the design and performance of hybrid systems involving human and artificial agents. Modeling collective agency with the help of computer simulations promises also philosophical insights into the emergence of collective agency.

The volume consists of four sections. The first section is dedicated to the concept of agency. The second section of the book turns to human-machine cooperation. The focus of the third section is the transition from cooperation to collective agency. The last section concerns the explanatory value of social simulations of collective agency in the broader framework of cultural evolution.


Artificial Intelligence Collective Agency Collective Intentionality Human-Machine Cooperation Human-Machine-Interaction Philosophy of Mind

Editors and affiliations

  • Catrin Misselhorn
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of PhilosophyUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

About the editors

Prof. Catrin Misselhorn holds the chair for the philosophy of science and technology at the University of Stuttgart and is the director of the Institute of Philosophy. Her research is situated at the intersection of philosophy, science and technological culture. She has published numerous articles in the area of socio-technical epistemology, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of robotics in renowned international journals, e.g., The Monist, Minds and Machines. She is directing the project “Simulating Collective Agency and Decision Processes” in the cluster of excellence SimTech (Simulation Technologies) at the University of Stuttgart.

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