De Rerum Natura: Dragons of Obliviousness and the Science of Social Ontology
Mantzavinos, C., editor, 2009. Philosophy of the Social Sciences: Philosophical Theory and Scientific Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pages 28-40
11 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2013
Date Written: June 2, 2007
A response to John Searle's "Language and Social Ontology" in the section on "Basic Problems of Sociality." Outstanding human higher-order cognitive capacities arise together developmentally and evolutionarily. They support each other and labor together. Taking any of them for granted in analyzing how the others arose is an error. We should not take any of them as given when we attempt to analyze how any of the others came into being.
Keywords: social ontology, language, John Searle, deontology
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