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Perspectives on Social Ontology and Social Cognition

  • Mattia Gallotti
  • John Michael

Part of the Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality book series (SIPS, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Mattia Gallotti, John Michael
    Pages 1-13
  3. Perspectives on Social Ontology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. John R. Searle
      Pages 17-26
    3. Francesco Guala
      Pages 57-68
    4. Enrico Terrone, Daniela Tagliafico
      Pages 69-86
  4. Perspectives on Social Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Cédric Paternotte
      Pages 103-123
    3. Kristian Tylén, John J. McGraw
      Pages 135-148
    4. Anika Fiebich
      Pages 149-166

About this book


Perspectives on Social Ontology and Social Cognition brings together contributions discussing issues arising from theoretical and empirical research on social ontology and social cognition. It is the first comprehensive interdisciplinary collection in this rapidly expanding area. The contributors draw upon their diverse backgrounds in philosophy, cognitive science, behavioral economics, sociology of science and anthropology.

Based largely on contributions to the first Aarhus-Paris conference held at the University of Aarhus in June 2012, the book addresses such questions as: If the reference of concepts like money is fixed by collective acceptance, does it depend on mechanisms that are distinct from those which contribute to understanding the reference of concepts of other kinds of entity? What psychological and neural mechanisms, if any, are involved in the constitution, persistence and recognition of social facts?

The editors’ introduction considers strands of research that have gained increasing importance in explaining the cognitive foundations of acts of sociality, for example, the theory that humans are predisposed and motivated to engage in joint action with con-specifics thanks to mechanisms that enable them to share others’ mental states. The book also presents a commentary written by John Searle for this volume and an interview in which the editors invite Searle to respond to the various questions raised in the introduction and by the other contributors.​


John Searle affordances and social cognition artefacts in cognition and culture contextualist account of social facts join action social brain social cognition social cognition as causal inference social ontology theories of reference theory of mind

Editors and affiliations

  • Mattia Gallotti
    • 1
  • John Michael
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Advanced StudyUniversity of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Central European UniversityBudapestHungary

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