Three conceptions of a theory of institutions

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We compare Guala's unified theory of institutions with that of Searle and Greif. We show that unification can be many things and it may be associated with diverse explanatory goals. We also highlight some of the important shortcomings of Guala's account: it does not capture all social institutions, its ability to bridge social ontology and game theory is based on a problematic interpretation of the type-token distinction, and its ability to make social ontology useful for social sciences is hindered by Guala's interpretation of social institution types as social kinds akin to natural kinds.

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TidskriftPhilosophy of the Social Sciences
Volym48
Utgåva6
Sidor (från-till)550-568
Antal sidor19
ISSN0048-3931
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StatusPublicerad - dec 2018
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I: Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Vol. 48, Nr. 6, 12.2018, s. 550-568.

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