Social Institutions

  • Seumas Miller
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 321)


My aim in this paper is threefold. First, I will make some suggestions concerning the nature of social institutions. This will consist chiefly in distinguishing between social institutions and other related social phenomena, and describing some of the defining features of institutions. Second, I will present a critique of John Searle’s account of social institutions.1 Third, I will sketch an alternative teleological account of institutions.


Police Officer Joint Action Social Institution Constitutive Rule Instrumental Rationality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seumas Miller
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  1. 1.Charles Sturt UniversityAustralia

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