Category Archives: Tuomela

A Theory of Social Action

It is somewhat surprising to find out how little serious theorizing there is in philosophy (and in social psychology as well as sociology) on the nature of social actions or joint act. hons in the sense of actions performed together … Continue reading

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Actions by Collectives

We commonly attribute actions to collectives. Thus, we use locutions like ‘Firm F produced the goods G’, ‘Nation N, attacked nation N2’, ‘The board dismissed Jones’, ‘The team scored’, and so on. On the basis of examples like these it seems to be … Continue reading

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The philosophy of social practices: a collective acceptance view

This philosophical and conceptual study shows how social practices (customs and traditions) are “building blocks of society.” Raimo Tuomela systematically reveals how social institutions are constructed from these “building blocks.” His analysis is based on the novel concept of shared … Continue reading

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Cooperation: A Philosophical Study

n Cooperation, A Philosophical Study, Tuomela offers the first comprehensive philosophical theory of cooperation. He builds on such notions collective and joint goals, mutual beliefs, collective commitments, acting together and acting collectively. The book analyzes the varieties of cooperation, making … Continue reading

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Social Ontology: Collective Intentionality and Group Agents

Social ontology, in its broadest sense, is the study of the nature of social reality, including collective intentions and agency. The starting point of Tuomela’s account of collective intentionality is the distinction between thinking and acting as a private person … Continue reading

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The Philosophy of Sociality: The Shared Point of View

This book is about the conceptual resources and philosophical prerequisites that a proper understanding and explaining of the social world requires. The main thesis of the book is that this can only be based on a group’s point of view, or as … Continue reading

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Group Agents and Their Responsibility

Group agents are able to act but are not literally agents. Some group agents, e.g., we-mode groups and corporations, can, however, be regarded as functional group agents that do not have “intrinsic” mental states and phenomenal features comparable to what … Continue reading

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Cooperation and trust in group context

This paper is mainly about cooperation as a collective action in a group context (acting in a position or participating in the performance of a group task, etc.), although the assumption of the presence of a group context is not … Continue reading

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