Michael E. Bratman

Professor of Philosophy
U. G. and Abbie Birch Durfee Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences
Michael E. Bratman

I have been at Stanford University since 1974.  My main research interests are in the philosophy of action, where this includes issues about social agency and about practical rationality. 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),  Shared Agency: A Planning Theory of Acting Together (2014) and Planning, Time, and Self-Governance: Essays in Practical Rationality (2018).  I am 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. My joint paper with David Israel and Martha Pollack, "Plans and Resource-Bounded Practical Reasoning," Computational Intelligence 4 (1988): 349-355,  was the recipient of the 2008 International Foundation of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems influential paper award. I have been President of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, and was Chair of the National Board of the American Philosophical Association from 2011-2014. In 2014 I received the American Philosophical Association's Philip L. Quinn Prize "in recognition of service to philosophy and philosophers, broadly construed." In 2019 I received the Lebowitz Prize for philosophical achievement and contribution.

Key Conversations with Phi Beta Kappa


WorkshopShared Agency, Rationality, Normativity

25–27 March 2019,  University of Vienna


 Franz Brentano Lectures on Practical Philosophy given at University of Vienna April 2017

On Planning Agent’s Self-Governance Over Time

 Thinking and Acting Together

 The Rational Dynamics of Planning Agency


Pufendorf Lectures The Rational Dynamics of Planning Agency given at Lund University June 2016

        "Plan Rationality and the Strategy of Self-Governance 

        "Synchronic Self-Governance Synchronic Rationality"

        "A Planning Agent's Diachronic Self-Governance"

        "The Reflective Stabilility of our Planning Agency"


CogSci 2013 Keynote Talk on shared agency in Berlin, Germany

Link to audio-only version here.


Lecture "Acting and Thinking Together"  given at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Studium Generale April 2015

"Planning and Time"  Stanford Humanities Center Talk given February 24, 2015. 

Faculti Media 2015 Interview on Shared Agency: A Planning Theory of Acting Together 2014

Routledge 2013 Lecture in Cambridge, UK

New Books In Philosophy Interview on Shared Agency: A Planning Theory of Acting Together2014

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