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The Philosophy of Social Practices


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List of figures; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Collective intentionality and the construction of the social world; 2. Collective intentionality; 3. Conceptual activity, rule following and social practices; 4. An account of social practices; 5. A collective acceptance account of collective-social notions; 6. Social institutions; 7. Social practices in a dynamic context: a mathematical analysis; Epilogue; Notes; References; Index.

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This is a systematic philosophical study of the notion of a social practice.

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Raimo Tuomela is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Helsinki. His publications include The Importance of Us: A Philosophical Study of Basic Social Notions (1995), and Cooperation: A Philosophical Study (2000).


'... makes a significant contribution ... detailed, logical and comprehensive.' Philosophical Writings 'The Philosophy of Social Practices makes a significant contribution to the field of collective intentionality and social action by providing an analysis of social practices and institutions which is detailed, logical and comprehensive.' Philosophical Writings 'Raimo Tuomela's book gives an extremely detailed, systematic and clarifying analysis of the central building blocks of the social world. The book really does seem to fill a void ... Tuomela fills his book with illuminating details, examples and novel distinctions.' Nordic Journal of Philosophy

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