Feeling Joint Ownership of Agency: The Normative Aspect of Agency Transformation

Jonas Faria Costa

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Team reasoning is the idea that we can think as a ‘we’ and this can solve some coordination dilemmas, such as Hi-Lo. However, team reasoning can only solve the dilemmas it is intended to solve if the conditions for team reasoning warrant the belief that others will also perform team reasoning and these conditions cannot render team reasoning otiose. In this paper, I will supplement the theory of team reasoning by explaining how agency transformation also involves a change in the normative attitude. To do this, I will use the theory of affordances, which is the idea that the environment provides ways to interact with it. I will argue that when a person perceives as a group member, she associates herself and the other members with the group’s mosaic of affordances. This triggers a feeling of joint ownership of the agency. It is the feeling that it is up to us to deal with the situation, so we feel entitled to demand each other to cooperate. It warrants the belief that others are team-reasoners without rendering team reasoning otiose. This means that the agency transformation (from I to we) involves a change in the normative attitude.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)21-44
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Social Ontology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2021


  • joint agency
  • joint ownership
  • social affordance
  • social norms
  • team reasoning


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