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Balkan Journal of Philosophy

Volume 6, Issue 1, 2014

Social Ontology

Dale Jacquette
Pages 21-32

Searle on Collectively Intending Symbolic Social Institutional Status

Searle’s social ontology is criticized on two grounds: (1) that Searle’s arguments do not adequately support his commitment to logically and conceptually irreducible collective-to-individual intentionality, and (2) his formulation of the constitutive rule of collective intentionality conferring symbolic social status on intended objects does not express the required concept as clearly, unequivocally, or economically as available alternatives. Two corresponding positive recommendations are offered in response to both criticisms for developing a conservatively improved neo-Searlean philosophy of social phenomena, practices and institutions.

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