One of the most distinguished living social philosophers, Margaret Gilbert develops and extends her application of plural subject theory of human sociality, first introduced in her earlier works On Social Facts and Living Together. Sociality and Responsibility presents an extended discussion of her proposal that joint commitments inherently involve obligations and rights, proposing, in effect, a new theory of obligations and rights. In addition, it demonstrates the extensive range and fruitfulness of plural subject theory by presenting accounts of social rules, scientific change, political obligation, collective remorse, collective guilt, shared intention and an important class of rights and obligations.
Margaret Gilbert is professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut at Storrs.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 1. Introduction: Sociality and Plural Subject Theory Chapter 4 2. What Is It forUs to Intend? Chapter 5 3. Collective Belief and Scientific Change Chapter 6 4. Obligation and Joint Commitment Chapter 7 5. Social Rules: Some Problems with Hart's Account, and an Alternative Proposal Chapter 8 6. Reconsidering the "Actual Contract" Theory of Political Obligation Chapter 9 7. Collective Remorse Chapter 10 8. The Idea of Collective Guilt Chapter 11 9. In Search of Sociality-Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Social Phenomena Chapter 12 Bibliography of Related Works by the Author Chapter 13 Comprehensive Bibliography Chapter 14 Index Chapter 15 About the Author