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Institutions in Action

The Nature and the Role of Institutions in the Real World

  • Tiziana Andina
  • Petar Bojanić

Part of the Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality book series (SIPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Francesco Guala, Frank Hindriks
    Pages 9-19
  3. Snježana Prijić Samaržija
    Pages 21-35
  4. Tiziana Andina
    Pages 89-105
  5. Maurizio Ferraris
    Pages 107-121
  6. Jonathan Wolff
    Pages 123-134
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 147-150

About this book


This edited volume presents the social ontology of institutions. It questions what institutions are, what features and properties institutions have and what kinds of institution are present in the social world. The book answers these questions from both a speculative and an applied approach, it argues for a specific definition of institutions as a rule-based equilibria, as collective epistemic agent that is characterized by meaning, principles and power and as product of a We-mode and an imposition of a function. This book started from the interdisciplinary conference Playing by the Rules in Rijeka and contains contributions from Philosophy, Sociology and Economy.

Institutions in Action is the first book to offer a comprehensive overview of the many different aspects and accounts about the social ontology of institutions. This much needed book presents researchers a very wide state of the art about the topic of institution by presenting the many differences that emerge in comparing the different positions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tiziana Andina
    • 1
  • Petar Bojanić
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Educational SciencesUniversity of TurinTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Institute for Philosophy and Social TheoryUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia

About the editors

Tiziana Andina is Full Professor of Philosophy at the University of Turin, Italy. She has been a fellow of Columbia University (2008-2009) and Käte Hamburger Kolleg, University of Bonn (2015) as well as Visiting Professor at ITMO University, Russia (2014). She has published many articles on philosophy and the philosophy of art in several internationals journals. Her recent work concerns the definition of art and social ontology. Her publications include: Il volto Americano di Nietzsche, La Città del Sole, 1999; Il problema della percezione nella filosofia di Nietzsche, Albo Versorio, 2005; Arthur Danto: Philosopher of Pop, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2011, The Philosophy of Art: The Question of Definition. From Hegel to Post-Dantian Theories, Bloomsbury Academy 2013, An Ontology for Social Reality, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016, What is Art? The Question of Definition Reloaded, “Brill Research Perspective in Art and Law”, 2017 and (ed. by), Bridging the Analytical Continental Divide. A Companion to Contemporary Western Philosophy, Brill 2014.  She is co-editor of the international journal Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law and of the international series Analytic Aesthetics and Contemporary Art (Bloomsbury Academic).

Petar Bojanić (ordinary professor) studied philosophy at the University of Belgrade and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), where he received his D.E.A. for a work on “La figure de la paix chez Levinas et Kant” (supervised by Jacques Derrida) in 1997. In 2003, he received his Doctorat de 3e cycle from the University of Paris X (Nanterre) for his dissertation “La guerre (dernière) et l’institution de la philosophie” (Dissertation committee: E. Balibar, G. Bensussan, J. Derrida, and J-L. Nancy). Bojanić is the director of the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (IFDT) at the University of Belgrade, where he has been a fellow since 2005. Bojanić directs the Centre for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy (CELAP) in Belgrade, and the Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe (CAS) at the University of Rijeka. He has held numerous fellowships and visiting professorships, including at the Society for Humanities at Cornell University, the Centre for Modern Thought at the University of Aberdeen, the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna and Torino, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Bonn. Translation of his book Violence et Messianisme. Paris–Milano: Librerie Philosophique J. Vrin; Mimesis International (2015) is published this year in Routledge.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Institutions in Action
  • Book Subtitle The Nature and the Role of Institutions in the Real World
  • Editors Tiziana Andina
    Petar Bojanić
  • Series Title Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-32617-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-32620-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-32618-0
  • Series ISSN 2542-9094
  • Series E-ISSN 2542-9108
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 150
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Philosophy
    Political Sociology
    Institutional/Evolutionary Economics
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