Michael Bratman's work has been unusually influential, with significance in disciplines as diverse as philosophy, computer science, law, and primatology. This is a collection of critical essays by some of contemporary philosophy's most distinguished figures, including Margaret Gilbert, Richard Holton, Christine Korsgaard, Alfred Mele, Elijah Milgram, Kieran Setiya, Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, Scott Shapiro, Michael Smith, J. David Velleman, R. Jay Wallace. It also
contains an introduction by the editors, situating Bratman's work and its broader significance.
The essays in this volume engage with ideas and themes prominent in Bratman's work. The volume also includes a lengthy reply by Bratman that breaks new ground and deepens our understanding of the nature of action, rationality, and social agency.
Manuel Vargas is Professor of Philosophy and Law at University of San Francisco. Gideon Yaffe is Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Yale Law School.
1. Introduction ; 2. Richard Holton "Intention as a Model of Belief" ; 3. Alfred Mele "The Single Phenomenon View and Experimental Philosophy" ; 4. Kieran Setiya "Intention, Plans, and Ethical Rationalism" ; 5. J. David Velleman "What Good is a Will?" ; 6. R. Jay Wallace "Reasons, Policies, and the Real Self: Bratman on Identification" ; 7. Geoffrey Sayre-McCord and Michael Smith "Desires ... and Beliefs ... of One's Own" ; 8. Elijah Milgram "Segmented Agency" ; 9. Christine M. Korsgaard "The Normative Constitution of Agency" ; 10. Margaret Gilbert "The Nature of Agreements: A Solution to Some Puzzles About Claim-Rights and Joint Intention" ; 11. Scott J. Shapiro "Massively Shared Agency" ; 12. Michael E. Bratman "Rational and Social Agency: Reflections and Replies" ; Index