[Crm-sig] Modelling an Actor carrying out an action at the Behest of Another

Martin Doerr martin at ics.forth.gr
Wed Apr 22 22:04:09 EEST 2020

Dear All,

This may find your interest:

F. Steimann. On the representation of roles in object-oriented and 
conceptual modelling.Data& Knowl-edge Engineering35(1): 83–106, 2000.

This is a back ground paper of the current CRMbase approach.

I found these, but have not yet read in detail:


and particularly


  Social Ontology: Collective Intentionality and Group Agents

Raimo Tuomela 
Oxford University Press, 23 Αυγ 2013 - 320 σελίδες
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Social ontology, in its broadest sense, is the study of the nature of 
social reality, including collective intentions and agency. The starting 
point of Tuomela's account of collective intentionality is the 
distinction between thinking and acting as a private person ("I-mode") 
versus as a "we-thinking" group member ("we-mode"). The we-mode approach 
is based on social groups consisting of persons, which may range from 
simple task groups consisting of a few persons to corporations and even 
to political states. Tuomela extends the we-mode notion to cover groups 
controlled by external authority. Thus, for instance, cooperation and 
attitude formation are studied in cases where the participants are 
governed "from above" as in many corporations. The volume goes on to 
present a systematic philosophical theory related to the 
collectivism-versus-individualism debate in the social sciences. A weak 
version of collectivism (the "we-mode" approach) depends on group-based 
collective intentionality. We-mode collective intentionality is not 
individualistically reducible and is needed to complement 
individualistic accounts in social scientific theorizing. The we-mode 
approach is used in the book to account for collective intention and 
action, cooperation, group attitudes, and social practices and 
institutions, as well as group solidarity. Tuomela establishes the first 
complete theory of group reasons (in the sense of members' reasons for 
participation in group activities). The book argues in terms of 
game-theoretical group-reasoning that the kind of weak collectivism that 
the we-mode approach involves is both conceptually and 
rational-functionally different from what an individualistic approach 
("pro-group I-mode" approach) entails.

  Dr. Martin Doerr
  Honorary Head of the
  Center for Cultural Informatics
  Information Systems Laboratory
  Institute of Computer Science
  Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)
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