In this paper various kinds of both individual and social commitment are analyzed. My starting point is Cohen and Levesque’s (hereafter C&L) work within AI. Their main philosophical source has been Bratman (especially 1987), and they in turn have been a major source of inspiration for further research both in philosophy and in AI. In what follows I have a “persistent goal” to make the notion applicable to human agents. I have tried, first, to account for the openness and flexibility of our commitments, and, second, to allow for the possibility that they are broken. On the other hand, when discussing the collective case, I argue that there is not one kind of joint (collective, social) commitment, but many, which form a hierarchial structure.
KeywordsJoint Action Philosophical Study Social Commitment Internal Commitment Mutual Knowledge
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