Social ontology: Understanding sociality from the group perspective

Stream leader: Raimo Tuomela

Building on previous work on social ontology and collective intentionality, the main aims are: to show why a full understanding of social phenomena requires a non-individualistic account of group reasoning; to develop a philosophical account of human sociality that will incorporate the group (viz. "we-mode") perspective; and to offer detailed accounts of cooperation, social institutions, collective emotions and collective understanding – including understanding within scientific communities – from the group perspective.

The expected result is a rich and systematic trans-disciplinary framework for the study of human sociality that is relevant to various social-science disciplines. Another goal is to propose a detailed empirical research programme that will help social scientists to avoid the myopia of the excessively individualistic conceptual framework that has thus far dominated most empirical studies of human sociality and cooperation.