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The Philosopher's Zone - Program podcast

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Society & Culture, Philosophy

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The Philosopher's Zone looks at the world of philosophy and at the world through philosophy. The program addresses the big philosophical questions and arguments. It also explores what philosophical analysis can contribute to our understanding of some of the fundamental and perplexing issues that face the world today.

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Group agents

February 26th, 2012

Episode 20 of 183 episodes

On this Philosopher’s Zone we’re looking at agents.Not secret agents but rather public agents: an agent is just somebody who does something for a purpose and an agent is distinguished from a patient.The agent is the person who does things and the patient is the person to whom things are done.But do we have to be talking about individual persons here or can groups of people be agents in the way that individuals can?This week, we investigate.

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