By Raimo Tuomela

This philosophical and conceptual examine indicates how social practices (customs and traditions) are "building blocks of society." Raimo Tuomela systematically unearths how social associations are comprised of those "building blocks." His research is predicated at the novel inspiration of shared "we-attitudes," which characterize a susceptible kind of collective intentionality, and he makes instructive connections to significant themes and figures in philosophy and the social sciences.


'... makes an important contribution ... targeted, logical and comprehensive.' Philosophical Writings

'The Philosophy of Social Practices makes an important contribution to the sector of collective intentionality and social motion by way of delivering an research of social practices and associations that is distinctive, logical and comprehensive.' Philosophical Writings

'Raimo Tuomela's e-book provides an exceptionally specific, systematic and clarifying research of the primary construction blocks of the social global. The booklet particularly does appear to fill a void ... Tuomela fills his ebook with illuminating info, examples and novel distinctions.' Nordic magazine of Philosophy

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In (IAT ) we have an intersubjectively shared collective intention. ) (IAT) gives a strong notion of an objectively shared collective intention to act together. ” Let me note that the agreement view (IAT) entails that the agents are obligated to perform X together and to perform their parts of X. The obligation is based on the underlying agreement (as agreements are here understood in the “normal,” obligation-entailing sense). The collective intention here is accordingly taken to require agreement making, and the event of agreement making is taken to entail the formation of a joint intention.

What about the mutual belief requirement (c), which may be called the social awareness condition? The basic idea is that everyone is aware that the others are socially conscious, and are disposed to act on the social, intersubjective consciousness afforded by mutual belief. Thus, a group member will not only believe that the others have the attitude in question but will also believe that the others believe that he has it. Often this creates experienced or believed social pressure, since the agent may also think that the others think he should (continue to) have the attitude in question.

In those analyses, WI is given the following stylized semilogical analysis: WIx (X) ↔ Ix (x performs his part of X as his part of it and does it at least in part because of the participants’ joint intention to perform X together) & Bx ( JAO(X)) & Bx (MBg ( JAO(X)) Here JAO(X) means the “joint action opportunities” for the joint action X. ) Now, our present analysis may seem circular. Why? Our participant x’s intention to perform his part (see the first conjunct) contains reference to the participants’ joint intention to perform X together.

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