Michael E. Bratman's Overview
Name:Michael E. BratmanTitle:U. G. and Abbie Birch Durfee Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and Professor of PhilosophyDepartment:PhilosophyStanford Philosophy Department Member:YesAreas of Specialization:Philosophy of Action; Practical Reason; Shared AgencyEmail Address:firstname.lastname@example.org
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My American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, 2010 Presidential Address, "Agency, Time, and Sociality," is available below. From July 2011 to June 2014 I was Chair of the American Philosophical Association Board of Officers.
A paper I wrote jointly with David Israel and Martha Pollock -- "Plans and Resource-Bounded Practical Reasoning," Computational Intelligence 4 (1988): 349-355 -- was a winner of the 2008 IFAAMAS (International Foundation of Autonomous
Agents and Multi-Agent Systems) influential paper award to recognize papers that have had a significant impact on the field of agents and multi-agent systems. In 2012 I was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2014 I received the American Philosophical Association's Philip L. Quinn Prize "in recognition of service to philosophy and philosophers, broadly construed."Research Interests
My Shared Agency: A Planning Theory of Acting Together appeared in 2014. I am currently also working on a series of essays on practical rationality; and I continue to develop an approach to self-governance presented in my Structures of Agency (2007). All three projects are efforts to develop further the planning theory of intention and our agency. The planning theory tries to shed light on the temporally extended structure of our agency; and the idea that underlies much of my work is that this approach to individual human agency puts us in a position to deepen our understanding of a wide range of issues in practical philosophy.Short Bio
I have been at Stanford University since 1974. I am currently U. G. and Abbie Birch Durfee Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. I was Olmsted Visiting Professor in Yale University's Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics, in Fall, 1994. My book publications are Intention, Plans, and Practical Reason (1987), Faces of Intention: Selected Essays on Intention and Agency (1999), Structures of Agency: Essays (2007), and Shared Agency: A Planning Theory of Acting Together (2014). I am also a co-editor of Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings. I have been awarded an ACLS Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and the Stanford University Humanities Center. I am a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. I directed a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers in 1993. In 2014 I received the American Philosophical Association's Philip L. Quinn Prize "in recognition of service to philosophy and philosophers, broadly construed."Additional Information/ Links
My interview at New Books in Philosophy concerning Shared Agency is at:
The audio of my Routledge lecture in June 2014 in Cambridge UK is at
A video of my keynote talk on shared agency to CogSci 2013 is at
A Stanford News article on Shared Agency is at
|Michael E. Bratman||The Intentions of a Group
Forthcoming (subject to possible revisions) in Eric Orts and Craig Smith, eds., The Moral Responsibility of the Firm Revisited (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)...
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Shared Agency: A Planning Theory of Acting Together
Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2014.
|Michael E. Bratman||Temptation and the Agent's Standpoint
Forthcoming in Inquiry.
Subject to minor changes prior to publication.
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|Michael E. Bratman||Rational And Social Agency: Reflections and Replies
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|Michael E. Bratman||The Interplay of Intention and Reason
Ethics 123 (2013): 657-72. In a symposium on the work of David Gauthier. Please quote from published version.
|Michael E. Bratman||The Fecundity of Planning Agency
Based on my talk at the 2011 New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility. Forthcoming (with perhaps small changes) in David Shoemaker, ed., Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility. Please quote from published version.
|Michael E. Bratman||Yaffe on Criminal Attempts
Forthcoming, perhaps with modest changes, in Legal Theory. Please quote from published version when it appears.
|Michael E. Bratman||Time, Rationality, and Self-Governance
To appear in Philosophical Issues 22, Action Theory, 2012.
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|Michael E. Bratman||Reflections on Law, Normativity and Plans
This is based on my comments at the 2009 Antwerp workshop on law and normativity. A version of this appears in a volume based on that workshop: S. Bertea and G. Pavlakos, eds., New Essays on the Normativity of Law (Hart Publishing, 2011): 73-85. Please quote from the published version.
|Michael E. Bratman||Constructivism, Agency, and The Problem of Alignment
Pretty much final draft of an essay for a volume based on the Sheffield 2009 Conference: J. Lenman and Y. Shemmer, eds., Constructivism in Practical Philosophy. (Oxford Uiversity Press, forthcoming). Please quote from published version.