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Volume 35, 2018

The Joint Commitment Account

Thomas H. Smith
Pages 38-52
DOI: 10.5840/protosociology2018353

Joint Commitment

I defend some of Gilbert’s central claims about our capacity jointly to commit ourselves, and what follows from an exercise of it. I argue that, to explain these claims, we do not need to suppose, as Gilbert does, that we ever are jointly committed, that is, jointly in a state of being committed. I offer a diagnosis of why the gratuitousness of this supposition has been overlooked.

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