Perspectives on Social Ontology and Social Cognition

2015.02.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mattia Gallotti and John Michael (eds.), Perspectives on Social Ontology and Social Cognition, Springer, 2014, 189pp., $129.00
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2015.02.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mattia Gallotti and John Michael (eds.), Perspectives on Social Ontology and Social Cognition, Springer, 2014, 189pp., $129.00 (hbk), ISBN 9789401791465. Reviewed by Paul A. Roth, University of California, Santa Cruz It would be difficult to overstate the quantity of literature spawned by work on social ontology over the last two decades. Yet debates on this topic generated especially by John Searle's writings recall for those familiar with longer-term controversies and trends within the philosophy of social science a once central but now largely forgotten debate about rationality inspired by Peter Winch's The Idea of a Social Science and its adamant anti-scientism (1958). And although Searle in particular claims to be a naturalist, all the major theoretical work on social ontology and collective intentionality proves relentlessly conceptual and so difficult to relate to empirical social science. Like. . .

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