Joint Action: What is Shared

Special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology on "Joint Action: What is Shared?" Guest Editors: Natalie Sebanz & Stephen Butterfill. Call for papers. Deadline for submissions: 15 August 2010.

Researchers have appealed to many kinds of sharing in explaining or characterising joint action. Joint actions are variously said to involve shared intentions or goals, shared task representations, shared attention, shared common ground, and more. Each putative case of sharing raises numerous questions. Is talk of sharing in this context literal or metaphorical; and if metaphorical, how is the metaphor to be understood? Is such sharing constitutively necessary for joint action? What cognitive and conceptual demands does such sharing place on the agents? How does such sharing facilitate joint action? How does it develop? What is its role in development? What awareness of other agents of a joint action, if any, does such sharing require? In what ways is such sharing apparent to us when we perceive or recognise joint actions done by others? Further questions concern interactions and conceptual relations between the different kinds of sharing. Do shared intentions interact with shared task representations? How many kinds of sharing are involved in joint action—are intentions shared in the same sense that task representations are, for instance? This special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology aims to address questions such as these with contributions from social, cognitive and developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience and philosophy.


Themes that contributors to the special issue may address include (but are not limited to):
– Plural predication and joint action
– Development of joint action and social understanding
– Shared intention
– Mechanisms for joint action
– Joint action and understanding other minds

Invited contributors:

– Celia Brownell, University of Pittsburgh
– Mike Martin, University College London
– Elisabeth Pacherie, Ecole Normale Supérieure
– Wolfgang Prinz, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Important dates

– Submission deadline: 15 August 2010

– Target publication date: 15 March 2011

How to submit: Prospective authors should register at: to obtain a login and select "Joint Action: What is Shared" as an article type to submit a manuscript. Manuscripts should be approximately 8,000 words . Submissions should follow the author guidelines available on the journal's website: Any questions? Please email the guest editors:

About the journal: The Review of Philosophy and Psychology (ISSN: 1878-5158; eISSN: 1878-5166) is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by Springer and focusing on philosophical and foundational issues in cognitive science. The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for discussion on topics of mutual interest to philosophers and psychologists and to foster interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of philosophy and the sciences of the mind, including the neural, behavioural and social sciences.

The journal publishes theoretical works grounded in empirical research as well as empirical articles on issues of philosophical relevance. It includes thematic issues featuring invited contributions from leading authors together with articles answering a call for paper.

Editorial Board: Editor-in-Chief: Dario Taraborelli, Surrey. Executive Editors: Roberto Casati, CNRS; Paul Egré, CNRS, Christophe Heintz, CEU. Scientific advisors: Clark Barrett, UCLA; Cristina Bicchieri, Penn; Ned Block, NYU; Paul Bloom, Yale; John Campbell, Berkeley; Richard Breheny, UCL; Susan Carey, Harvard; David Chalmers, ANU; Martin Davies, ANU; Vittorio Girotto, IUAV; Alvin Goldman, Rutgers; Daniel Hutto, Hertfordshire; Ray Jackendoff, Tufts; Marc Jeannerod, CNRS; Alan Leslie, Rutgers; Diego Marconi, Turin; Kevin Mulligan, Geneva; Alva Noë, Berkeley; Christopher Peacocke, Columbia; John Perry, Stanford; Daniel Povinelli, Louisiana-Lafayette; Jesse Prinz, CUNY; Zenon Pylyshyn, Rutgers; Brian Scholl, Yale; Natalie Sebanz, Nijmegen; Corrado Sinigaglia, Milan; Barry C. Smith, Birkbeck; Elizabeth Spelke, Harvard; Achille Varzi, Columbia; Timothy Williamson, Oxford; Deirdre Wilson, UCL

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