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What does it take to be a social agent?


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.
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hal-02963044 , version 1 (26-01-2021)



Víctor Fernández Castro, Raul Hakli, Aurélie Clodic. What does it take to be a social agent?. Appeared in: Nørskov, M., Seibt J., Quick O. 2020. Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics—Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2020., Series Frontiers of AI and Its Applications, IOS Press, Amsterdam., 2020, ⟨10.3233/FAIA200954⟩. ⟨hal-02963044⟩
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