Collective Wisdom and Individual Freedom

The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Volume 44 Issue S1, Pages 168 - 176.

By Christopher McMahon

The paper distinguishes two ways of understanding a wise society. A society can be wise by virtue of possessing mostly true evaluative beliefs. Or it can be wise by virtue of employing rational procedures of collective belief formation. If the first possibility involves the society's being, in Margaret Gilbert's sense, a plural subject of evaluative beliefs, social wisdom will, as Gilbert says, entail an abridgement of individual freedom. But, this paper argues, if a society's being wise is understood as its employing rational procedures of collective belief formation, social wisdom positively requires individual freedom.

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