Subjectivity, Commitment, and 'Acting Together' Workshop

17 June 2017

Organized by Javier Gomez-Lavin (CUNY Graduate Center - HU BSMB) & Matthew Rachar (CUNY Graduate Center)


Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Luisenstraße 56, Haus 1

10117 Berlin

Room 220 (Nordfluegel)




Human beings have a remarkable ability to act in the world together in a coordinated and cooperative fashion, seemingly in order to achieve collective goals. Some of the questions this phenomenon raises are: What are collective goals? Does acting together inherently involve normative relations such as obligations, rights, entitlements and duties between the participants? Does it require an appeal to special intentions that are had by the participants and that link them together rationally? And, does it presuppose a distinct form of subjectivity? This workshop brings together scholars working on the subjective and normative elements in acting in concert with others.





Abstracts available here


11:00-11:50       Javier Gomez-Lavin The Graduate Center – CUNY; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin School of Mind and Brain & Matthew Rachar The Graduate Center – CUNY : Normativity in joint action


11:50-12:10       Coffee Break


12:10-13:00       Hans Bernard Schmid Universität Wien : Plural subjects


13:00-14:30       Lunch


14:30-15:20       Thomas Smith University of Manchester : Is it collective all the way down?


15:20-16:10       Katharina Bernhard Universität Wien : Can group agents know?


16:10-16:40       Coffee Break


16:40-17:30       Julius Schönherr University of Maryland : Lucky joint action


If interested in attending, please contact to reserve a spot.