Collective choice

Collective choice: A concept ruled out by atomic or “agent-relative” methods of analysis, but implicit in civil commons.

See also social choice.

Sen, A (1998), The Possibility of Social Choice”, 37pp. Trinity College, Cambridge: Nobel Lecture [This lecture provides an incomparably rich documentation of the literature on social choice, demonstrating there is no conception of social choice in received social science or philosophy other than as an aggregation of individual choosers: an atomic metaphysic of choice to which collective agency and responsibility at the level of ultimate principles of value and social regulators cannot compute in principle.]

Source: What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of All Values across Time, Place and Theories’ by John McMurtry, Philosophy and World Problems, Volume I-III, UNESCO in partnership with Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems: Oxford, 2004-11.