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Realism in Action

Essays in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

  • Matti Sintonen
  • Petri Ylikoski
  • Kaarlo Miller

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Realism, Truth, and Explanation

  3. Philosophy of Mind and Action Theory

  4. Intentions, Trust, and Social Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Kaarlo Miller
      Pages 169-178
    3. Maj Tuomela
      Pages 179-193
    4. Cristiano Castelfranchi
      Pages 195-212
    5. Seumas Miller
      Pages 233-249
    6. Georg Meggle
      Pages 251-258

About this book


Realism in Action is a selection of essays written by leading representatives in the fields of action theory and philosophy of mind, philosophy of the social sciences and especially the nature of social action, and of epistemology and philosophy of science. Practical reason, reasons and causes in action theory, intending and trying, and folk-psychological explanation are some of the topics discussed by these leading participants. A particular emphasis is laid on trust, commitments and social institutions, on the possibility of grounding social notions in individual social attitudes, on the nature of social groups, institutions and collective intentionality, and on common belief and common knowledge. Applications to the social sciences include, e.g., a look at the Erklären-Verstehen controversy in economics, and at constructivist and realist views on archeological reconstructions of the past.


Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Philosophy of Science epistemology knowledge logic mind philosophy reason science truth

Editors and affiliations

  • Matti Sintonen
    • 1
  • Petri Ylikoski
    • 2
  • Kaarlo Miller
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TampereFinland
  2. 2.University of HelsinkiFinland

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