The Philosophy of Social Practices: A Collective Acceptance View

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This is the first systematic philosophical and conceptual study of the notion of a social practice. Raimo Tuomela explains social practices in terms of the interlocking intentions of the agents; he shows how social practices (for example customs and tradition) are "building blocks of society"; and he offers a clear and powerful account of the way in which social institutions are constructed from these building blocks as established, interconnected sets of social practices. His analysis is based on the novel concept of shared "we-attitudes," which represent a weak form of collective intentionality, and he makes instructive connections to major topics and figures in philosophy and the social sciences. His book will be of interest to a wide range of readers in philosophy of mind, philosophy of social science, psychology, sociology, and Artificial Intelligence.
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'… makes a significant contribution … detailed, logical and comprehensive.' Philosophical Writings

'The Philosophy of Social Practices makes a significant contribution to the field of collective intentionality and social action by providing an analysis of social practices and institutions which is detailed, logical and comprehensive.' Philosophical Writings

'Raimo Tuomela's book gives an extremely detailed, systematic and clarifying analysis of the central building blocks of the social world. The book really does seem to fill a void … Tuomela fills his book with illuminating details, examples and novel distinctions.' Nordic Journal of Philosophy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521039239
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Raimo Tuomela is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Helsinki. His publications include The Importance of Us: A Philosophical Study of Basic Social Notions (1995), and Cooperation: A Philosophical Study (2000).

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Introduction 1
1 Collective intentionality and the construction of the social world 5
2 Collective intentionality 17
3 Conceptual activity, rule following, and social practices 40
4 An account of social practices 78
5 A Collective Acceptance account of collective-social notions 122
6 Social institutions 156
7 Social practices in a dynamic context: a mathematical analysis 201
Epilogue 234
Notes 237
References 266
Index 272
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