Team reasoning and intentional cooperation for mutual benefit

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This paper proposes a concept of intentional cooperation for mutual benefit. This concept uses a form of team reasoning in which team members aim to achieve common interests, rather than maximising a common utility function, and in which team reasoners can coordinate their behaviour by following pre-existing practices. I argue that a market transaction can express intentions for mutually beneficial cooperation even if, extensionally, participation in the transaction promotes each party’s self-interest.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143–166
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Social Ontology
Issue number1
Early online date18 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


  • team reasoning
  • mutual benefit
  • cooperation
  • collective intention
  • social preference

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