What Does it Take to be a Social Agent?

Víctor Fernandez Castro, Raul Hakli, Aurélie Clodic

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The aim of this paper is to present a philosophically inspired list of minimal requirements for social agency that may serve as a guideline for social robotics. Such a list does not aim at detailing the cognitive processes behind sociality but at providing an implementation-free characterization of the capacities and skills associated with sociality. We employ the notion of intentional stance as a methodological ground to study intentional agency and extend it into a social stance that takes into account social features of behavior. We discuss the basic requirements of sociality and different ways to understand them, and suggest some potential benefits of understanding them in an instrumentalist way in the context of social robotics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulturally Sustainable Social Robotics : Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2020
EditorsMarco Nørskov, Johanna Seibt, Oliver Santiago Quick
Number of pages10
PublisherIOS PRESS
Publication dateDec 2020
ISBN (Print)978-1-64368-154-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-64368-155-9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Research Conference Robophilosophy 2020: Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics - online conference, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 18 Aug 202021 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)0922-6389
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8314

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy

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