Collective Intentionality, Language, and Normativity: A Problem and a Possible Solution for the Analysis of Cooperation

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Abstract

In this paper I discuss Searle's analysis of social ontology in the light of his account of the sources of normativity as rooted in the logical structure of language. I conclude that, though his theory of normativity may appear to be inconsistent with his theory collective intentionality, it is really our Background sense of the other that creates a sense of community even before the actual functioning of collective intentionality and language, thereby escaping the dilemma between individualism and collectivism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-207
Number of pages25
JournalEPEKEINA
Volume5
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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