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Perspectives on Social Ontology and Social Cognition

  • 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

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality (SIPS, volume 4)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. Objects in Mind

    • Mattia Gallotti, John Michael
    Pages 1-13
  3. Perspectives on Social Ontology

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. Are There Social Objects?

      • John R. Searle
      Pages 17-26
    3. On the Nature of Social Kinds

      • Francesco Guala
      Pages 57-68
    4. Normativity of the Background: A Contextualist Account of Social Facts

      • Enrico Terrone, Daniela Tagliafico
      Pages 69-86
  4. Perspectives on Social Cognition

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 101-101
    2. Constraints on Joint Action

      • Cédric Paternotte
      Pages 103-123
    3. Materializing Mind: The Role of Objects in Cognition and Culture

      • Kristian Tylén, John J. McGraw
      Pages 135-148
    4. Perceiving Affordances and Social Cognition

      • Anika Fiebich
      Pages 149-166

About this book

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.​

Keywords

  • John Searle
  • affordances and social cognition
  • artefacts in cognition and culture
  • contextualist account of social facts
  • join action
  • social brain
  • social cognition
  • social cognition as causal inference
  • social ontology
  • theories of reference
  • theory of mind

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Advanced Study, University of London, London, United Kingdom

    Mattia Gallotti

  • Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

    John Michael

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 84.99
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  • ISBN: 978-94-017-9147-2
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