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Social Ontology and Collective Intentionality

Critical Essays on the Philosophy of Raimo Tuomela with His Responses

  • Gerhard Preyer
  • Georg Peter

Part of the Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality book series (SIPS, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Collective Intentionality, Membership, and Reasoning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kirk Ludwig
      Pages 19-35
    3. Michael Schmitz
      Pages 71-78
    4. Hans Bernhard Schmid
      Pages 79-93
    5. Hans Bernhard Schmid
      Pages 95-96
    6. David P. Schweikard
      Pages 113-115
    7. Raul Hakli, Pekka Mäkelä
      Pages 117-140
    8. Raul Hakli, Pekka Mäkelä
      Pages 141-144
  3. Social Ontology and Social Institutions

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 219-220

About this book


This volume features a critical evaluation of the recent work of the philosopher, Prof. Raimo Tuomela and it also offers it offers new approaches to the collectivism-versus-individualism debate. It specifically looks at Tuomela's book Social Ontology and its accounts of collective intentionality and related topics. 

The book contains eight essays written by expert contributors that present different perspectives on Tuomela’s investigation into the philosophy of sociality, social ontology, theory of action, and (philosophical) decision and game theory. In addition, Tuomela himself gives a comprehensive response to each essay and defends his theory in terms of the new arguments presented here. 

Overall, readers will gain a deeper insight into group reasoning and the "we-mode" approach, which is used to account for collective intention and action, cooperation, group attitudes, social practices, and institutions as well as group solidarity. 

This book will be of interest to a wide range of readers and graduate students and researchers interested in contemporary philosophy of sociality, sociological theory, social ontology as well as the philosophy of mind, decision and game theory, and cognitive science. 


Collective Intentionality Social Ontology Group Agent (Subject) Group Reasoning Social Institutions We-mode Theory of Action Collective Acceptance We-Intentionality Cooperation

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerhard Preyer
    • 1
  • Georg Peter
    • 2
  1. 1.Goethe-UniversityFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Editorial Staff ProtoSociologyOffenbachGermany

About the editors

Gerhard Preyer: Professor of Sociology, Research fields: sociological theory and comparative sociology, philosophy of language and mind. Editor-In-Chief of ProtoSociology: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Research. He is author and editor of, among other works, Intention of Practical Thoughts (2011), Donald Davidson’s Philosophy. From Radical Interpretation to Radical Contextualism (2nd edition, 2011), and Donald Davidson on Truth, Meaning, and the Mental (Oxford, 2012).

Georg Peter: Dr. Phil Georg Peter’s research concerns philosophy of language, aesthetics, social ontology, and hermeneutics. He is author and editor of, among other works, together with R. Tuomela, G. Preyer, Understanding the Social II: Philosophy of Sociality (ProtoSociology 18/19), with G. Preyer: Context-Sensitivity and Semantic Minimalism  (OUP 2007),  Contextualism in Philosophy (OUP 2005), Logical Form and Language (OUP 2002). He is co-editor of Selbstbeobachtung der modernen Gesellschaft  (Springer 2012).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Social Ontology and Collective Intentionality
  • Book Subtitle Critical Essays on the Philosophy of Raimo Tuomela with His Responses
  • Editors Gerhard Preyer
    Georg Peter
  • Series Title Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-33235-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81462-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-33236-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 220
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of the Social Sciences
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