My work is focused around several key topics. Below you find a brief description of each project. Klick on them to find out more and find related articles.
Normative expectations in purposive joint action.
I start from the idea that humans are creatures of habit. Habitual being is typically contrasted to rational or reflected being. I take issue with this way of carving up the world and argue that human beings are rational and reflected by means of their habits and skills.
From this, I consider the consequences for our conceptualization of joint action, acting as a group, and group responsibility.
Are thick concepts action-guiding?
In this project with Pascale Willemsen, we investigate the use of thick concepts in ordinary language. More specifically, we investigate whether statements containing thick terms provide reasons for action and motivate speakers and addressees of a moral statement to change their behaviour or stick to it.
Joint action, coordination, and control
In everyday contexts we do numerous things together. We cook and eat together, do chores together, and work together in highly structured organizations. Whether we cycled to work together or by sheer coincidence cycled to work almost at the same time and only a few meters apart, makes a difference in the way we prepare for the cycling, do the cycling, and experience the cycling. What this difference between parallel and joint action consists in is hotly debated.
Philosophers of collective intentionality have wondered how we can distinguish parallel cases from cases where we act together. Often their theories argue in favor of one characteristic, feature, or process, that differentiates the two. This feature then distinguishes parallel actions from joint action. I argue for a multiplicity of ways to act jointly.
Sense of agency: you, we, and us