We in Me or Me in We? Collective Intentionality and Selfhood


  • Dan Zahavi University of Copenhagen & University of Oxford


collective intentionality, selfhood, we, collective identity, group experiences


The article takes issue with the proposal that dominant accounts of collective intentionality suffer from an individualist bias and that one should instead reverse the order of explanation and give primacy to the we and the community. It discusses different versions of the community first view and argues that they fail because they operate with too simplistic a conception of what it means to be a self and misunderstand what it means to be (part of) a we. In presenting this argument, the article seeks to demonstrate that a thorough investigation of collective intentionality has to address the status and nature of the we, and that doing so will require an analysis of the relation between the we and the I, which in turn will call for a more explicit engagement with the question of selfhood than is customary in contemporary discussions of collective intentionality.


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How to Cite

Zahavi, Dan. 2022. “We in Me or Me in We? Collective Intentionality and Selfhood”. Journal of Social Ontology 7 (1). Vienna, Austria:1-20. https://journalofsocialontology.org/index.php/jso/article/view/6728.