Making the Social World: The Structure of Human Civilization

, US: Oxford University Press (2009)
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The purpose of this book -- Intentionality -- Collective intentionality and the assignment of function -- Language as biological and social -- The general theory of institutions and institutional facts: -- Language and social reality -- Free will, rationality, and institutional facts -- Power : deontic, background, political, and other -- Human rights -- Concluding remarks : the ontological foundations of the social sciences.



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The universe is comprised of various forms of corporeal matter governed by the realm of sciences such as chemistry and physics, and yet simultaneously, there exist free will, ethics, aesthetics, consciousness, and other abstract notions. This chapter aims to find the middle ground between ... see more


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John R. Searle
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