Theory and Decision Library A:

Intentional Acts and Institutional Facts

Essays on John Searle’s Social Ontology

Editors: Tsohatzidis, Savas L. (Ed.)

  • Represents the first book of original essays examining Searle’s philosophy of social phenomena
  • Addresses issues of central importance in Searle’s ontology of society
  • Features contributions from an international and interdisciplinary team of philosophers and social scientists
  • Includes an original essay by Searle’s with current reflections on the topic
  • Opens the door to new approaches to addressing fundamental questions about social phenomena
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This book includes ten original essays that critically examine central themes of John Searle’s ontology of society, as well as a new essay by Searle that summarizes and further develops his work in that area. The critical essays are grouped into three parts. Part I (Aspects of Collective Intentionality) examines the account of collective intention and action underlying Searle’s analysis of social and institutional facts, with special emphasis on how that account relates to the dispute between individualism and anti-individualism in the analysis of social behaviour, and to the opposition between internalism and externalism in the analysis of intentionality. Part II (From Intentions to Institutions: Development and Evolution) scrutinizes the ontogenetic and phylogenetic credentials of Searle’s view that, unlike other kinds of social facts, institutional facts are uniquely human, and develops original suggestions concerning their place in human evolution and development. Part III (Aspects of Institutional Reality) focuses on Searle’s claim that institutional facts owe their existence to the collective acceptance of constitutive rules whose effect is the creation of deontic powers, and examines central issues relevant to its assessment (among others, the status of the distinction between regulative and constitutive rules, the significance of the distinction between brute and deontic powers, the issue of the logical derivability of normative from descriptive propositions, and the import of the difference between moral and non-moral normative principles). Written by an international team of philosophers and social scientists, the essays aim to contribute to a deeper understanding of Searle’s work on the ontology of society, and to suggest new approaches to fundamental questions in that research area.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Searle and Collective Intentions

    Margaret Gilbert

    Pages 31-48

  • Collective Speech Acts

    Anthonie Meijers

    Pages 93-110

  • The Ontogeny of Social Ontology: Steps to Shared Intentionality and Status Functions

    Hannes Rakoczy, Michael Tomasello

    Pages 113-137

  • Searle versus Durkheim

    Steven Lukes

    Pages 191-202

  • Searle's Derivation of Promissory Obligation

    Professor Savas L. Tsohatzidis

    Pages 203-217

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eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-7537-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intentional Acts and Institutional Facts
Book Subtitle
Essays on John Searle’s Social Ontology
Editors
  • Savas L. Tsohatzidis
Series Title
Theory and Decision Library A:
Series Volume
41
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6104-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6104-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6103-5
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7537-6
Series ISSN
0921-3384
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 226
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