Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality

The Background of Social Reality

Selected Contributions from the Inaugural Meeting of ENSO

Editors: Schmitz, Michael, Kobow, Beatrice, Schmid, Hans Bernhard (Eds.)

  • Easily accessible survey of a wide spectrum of positions addressing the foundational works of such personalities as Tuomela, Searle, and Gilbert
  • Unique collection of leading scholars in the field of social ontology and collective intentionality
  • Multi-disciplinary approach to problems within social science
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This volume aims at giving the reader an overview over the most recent theoretical and methodological findings in a new and rapidly evolving area of current theory of society: social ontology. This book brings together philosophical, sociological and psychological approaches and advances the theory towards a solution of contemporary problems of society, such as the integration of cultures, the nature of constitutive rules, and the actions of institutional actors. It focuses on the question of the background of action in society and illuminates one of the most controversial, cross-disciplinary questions of the field while providing insight into the ontological structure of groups as agents.

This volume offers an interesting and important contribution to the debate as it does well in bridging the gap between the analytical and the continental tradition in social philosophy. In addition, this volume expands the reach and depth of the philosophy of sociality by relating it to philosophical ideas from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and to key thinkers such as Husserl, Heidegger, and Bourdieu.

The contributors include internationally renowned scholars as well as a highly selected set of younger scholars whose work is at the cutting edge of their field. Scholarly, yet accessible, this book is an essential resource for researchers across the social sciences. ​

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“The book might be an interesting companion to social ontology, not only for professional philosophers or sociologists but also for all who are interested in a variety of aspects of the social. It presents contributions of the younger generation interested in the philosophy of society, in most cases grown in the tradition of collective intentionality, and from the spatial point of view, a significant part of contributors come from European (partially continental) traditions, which may significantly complement analytic/atlantic tradition.” (Rafał Paweł Wierzchosławski, Anthropos, Vol. 111, 2016)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • The Cultural Background of Acting Together

    Kobow, Beatrice

    Pages 1-9

  • Who Is Afraid of Group Agents and Group Minds?

    Tuomela, Raimo

    Pages 13-35

  • Trying to Act Together

    Schmid, Hans Bernhard

    Pages 37-55

  • Missing the Forest for the Trees

    Hess, Kendy

    Pages 57-75

  • The Boys Carried the Piano Upstairs

    Kobow, Beatrice

    Pages 77-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Background of Social Reality
Book Subtitle
Selected Contributions from the Inaugural Meeting of ENSO
Editors
  • Michael Schmitz
  • Beatrice Kobow
  • Hans Bernhard Schmid
Series Title
Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5600-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5600-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5599-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 251
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