Social Ontology: Collective Intentionality and Group Agents
Collective Intentionality and Group Agents
This volume presents a systematic philosophical theory related to the collectivism-versus-individualism debate in the social sciences. A weak version of collectivism (the "we-mode" approach) that depends on group-based collective intentionality is developed in the book. We-mode collective intentionality is not individualistically reducible and is needed to complement individualistic accounts in social scientific theorizing. The we-mode approach is used in the book to account for collective intention and action, cooperation, group attitudes, social practices and institutions.
Raimo Tuomela is Professor Emeritus of Social and Moral Philosophy at the University of Helsinki and permanent visiting professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Munich. He holds Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from the University of Helsinki and Stanford University. His previous works include The Philosophy of Sociality: The Shared Point of View (OUP 2007), The Philosophy of Social Practices (2002), Cooperation: A Philosophical Study (2000), and The Importance of Us (1995). Currently Tuomela functions as the president of the International Social Ontology Society.