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Collective Agency and Cooperation in Natural and Artificial Systems

Explanation, Implementation and Simulation

  • Offers a new approach to collective agency

  • Explains a new approach to Human-Machine Cooperation

  • Provides a new interdisciplinary framework involving AI, robotics, cognitive science, management studies and philosophy

Part of the book series: Philosophical Studies Series (PSSP, volume 122)

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Concepts of Agency

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Cooperation with Robots? A Two-Dimensional Approach

      • Anika Fiebich, Nhung Nguyen, Sarah Schwarzkopf
      Pages 25-43
  3. Human-Machine Cooperation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 61-61
    2. Ethical Implications Regarding Assistive Technology at Workplaces

      • Hauke Behrendt, Markus Funk, Oliver Korn
      Pages 109-130
  4. Collective Agency

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 147-147
    2. Planning for Collective Agency

      • Stephen A. Butterfill
      Pages 149-168
  5. Simulating Collective Agency and Cooperation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 237-237
    2. Simulation as Research Method: Modeling Social Interactions in Management Science

      • Roland Maximilian Happach, Meike Tilebein
      Pages 239-259
    3. How Models Fail

      • Eckhart Arnold
      Pages 261-279

About this book

This book brings together philosophical approaches to cooperation and collective agency with research into human-machine interaction and cooperation from engineering, robotics, computer science and AI. Bringing these so far largely unrelated fields of study together leads to a better understanding of collective agency in natural and artificial systems and will help to improve the design and performance of hybrid systems involving human and artificial agents. Modeling collective agency with the help of computer simulations promises also philosophical insights into the emergence of collective agency.

The volume consists of four sections. The first section is dedicated to the concept of agency. The second section of the book turns to human-machine cooperation. The focus of the third section is the transition from cooperation to collective agency. The last section concerns the explanatory value of social simulations of collective agency in the broader framework of cultural evolution.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Philosophy, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

    Catrin Misselhorn

About the editor

Prof. Catrin Misselhorn holds the chair for the philosophy of science and technology at the University of Stuttgart and is the director of the Institute of Philosophy. Her research is situated at the intersection of philosophy, science and technological culture. She has published numerous articles in the area of socio-technical epistemology, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of robotics in renowned international journals, e.g., The Monist, Minds and Machines. She is directing the project “Simulating Collective Agency and Decision Processes” in the cluster of excellence SimTech (Simulation Technologies) at the University of Stuttgart.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Collective Agency and Cooperation in Natural and Artificial Systems

  • Book Subtitle: Explanation, Implementation and Simulation

  • Editors: Catrin Misselhorn

  • Series Title: Philosophical Studies Series

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15515-9

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-15514-2Published: 14 September 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-37185-6Published: 22 October 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-15515-9Published: 01 September 2015

  • Series ISSN: 0921-8599

  • Series E-ISSN: 2542-8349

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 311

  • Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Technology, Artificial Intelligence

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  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
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Hardcover Book USD 54.99
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  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

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