The Philosophy of Social Practices: A Collective Acceptance View

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Cambridge University Press, 24 oct. 2002 - 274 páginas
This is a systematic philosophical and conceptual study of the notion of a social practice. Raimo Tuomela explains social practices in terms of the interlocking mental states of the agents; he shows how social practices (for example customs and traditions) are 'building blocks of society'; and he offers a clear and powerful account of the way in which social institutions are constructed from these building blocks as established, interconnected sets of social practices with a special new social status. His analysis is based on the novel concept of shared 'we-attitudes', which represent a weak form of collective intentionality, and he makes instructive connections to major topics and figures in philosophy and the social sciences. His book will be of interest to a wide range of readers in philosophy of mind, philosophy of social science, psychology and sociology, and artificial intelligence.
 

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Introduction
1
CHAPTER 1 Collective intentionality and the construction of the social world
5
CHAPTER 2 Collective intentionality
17
CHAPTER 3 Conceptual activity rule following and social practices
40
CHAPTER 4 An account of social practices
78
CHAPTER 5 A Collective Acceptance account of collectivesocial notions
122
CHAPTER 6 Social institutions
156
a mathematical analysis
201
Epilogue
234
Notes
237
References
266
Index
272
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Raimo Tuomela is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Helsinki. His publications include The Importance of Us: A Philosophical Study of Basic Social Notions (1995), and Cooperation: A Philosophical Study (2000).

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