Understanding Institutions without Collective Acceptance?

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Francesco Guala has written an important book proposing a new account of social institutions and criticizing existing ones. We focus on Guala’s critique of collective acceptance theories of institutions, widely discussed in the literature of collective intentionality. Guala argues that at least some of the collective acceptance theories commit their proponents to antinaturalist methodology of social science. What is at stake here is what kind of philosophizing is relevant for the social sciences. We argue that a Searlean version of collective acceptance theory can be defended against Guala’s critique and question the sufficiency of Guala’s account of the ontology of the social world.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophy of the Social Sciences
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)608-629
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy
  • 5200 Other social sciences
  • social institutions
  • collective intentionality
  • collective acceptance
  • antirealism

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