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ProtoSociology

Volume 8/9, 1996

Rationality II & III

Raimo Tuomela
Pages 260-291
DOI: 10.5840/protosociology19968/916

Rational Cooperation and Collective Goals

It is argued that full-blown cooperation needs collective goals in a strong sense satisfying the "Collectivity Condition". According to this condition, a collective goal ist of the kind that necessarily, due of the goal-holders acceptance of the goal as their collective goal, if it is satisfied for one of the goal-holders it is satisfied for all the others. Not only collective goals but also other group-factors (such as possibly institutionalngroupmoden preferences and utilities) are argued to be relevant to rational cooperative solutions of collective action dilemmas.