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Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality

Perspectives on Social Ontology and Social Cognition

Editors: Gallotti, Mattia, Michael, John (Eds.)

  • First collection of contributions combining research on social ontology and social cognition
  • Explores theoretical and empirical literature on the ontology of artefacts that has rapidly expanded across the sciences of mind and brain
  • Contains new commentary by and interview with John Searle in which he addresses the criticisms raised by the other authors
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Perspectives on Social Ontology and Social Cognition brings together contributions discussing issues arising from theoretical and empirical research on social ontology and social cognition. It is the first comprehensive interdisciplinary collection in this rapidly expanding area. The contributors draw upon their diverse backgrounds in philosophy, cognitive science, behavioral economics, sociology of science and anthropology.

Based largely on contributions to the first Aarhus-Paris conference held at the University of Aarhus in June 2012, the book addresses such questions as: If the reference of concepts like money is fixed by collective acceptance, does it depend on mechanisms that are distinct from those which contribute to understanding the reference of concepts of other kinds of entity? What psychological and neural mechanisms, if any, are involved in the constitution, persistence and recognition of social facts?

The editors’ introduction considers strands of research that have gained increasing importance in explaining the cognitive foundations of acts of sociality, for example, the theory that humans are predisposed and motivated to engage in joint action with con-specifics thanks to mechanisms that enable them to share others’ mental states. The book also presents a commentary written by John Searle for this volume and an interview in which the editors invite Searle to respond to the various questions raised in the introduction and by the other contributors.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Objects in Mind

    Gallotti, Mattia (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Are There Social Objects?

    Searle, John R.

    Pages 17-26

  • Deflating Socially Constructed Objects: What Thoughts Do to the World

    Millikan, Ruth Garrett

    Pages 27-39

  • How Many Kinds of Glue Hold the Social World Together?

    Epstein, Brian

    Pages 41-55

  • On the Nature of Social Kinds

    Guala, Francesco

    Pages 57-68

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eBook £72.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-024-0096-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Perspectives on Social Ontology and Social Cognition
Editors
  • Mattia Gallotti
  • John Michael
Series Title
Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9147-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9147-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9146-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0096-0
Series ISSN
2542-9094
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 189
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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