Making the Social World
VOLUME 2, JULY 2012 

Making the Social World

The present, second issue of “Phenomenology and Mind”, Making the Social World: Social Ontology, Collective Intentionality, Normativity, collects...

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Making the Social World

The present, second issue of “Phenomenology and Mind”, Making the Social World: Social Ontology, Collective Intentionality, Normativity, collects a selection of some of the papers presented during the Spring School and the International Conference Making the Social World that took place on7-9 June 2011 at the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan (see: Making Social World Video) and was devoted to John R. Searle’s Making the Social World. The Structure of Human Civilization (2010).
The papers published in the present issue of “Phenomenology and Mind” were selected through a double blind review procedure.

The issue collects nineteen papers and it is structured in three sections corresponding to three topics:

  • Social Ontology;
  • Collective Intentionality and Social Cognition;
  • Normativity and Language.

We are very honoured to publish the paper by John R. Searle on Human Social Reality and Language in the present issue. We are also very pleased to publish two papers of three invited speakers of the School and Conference: Maurizio Ferraris’ paper on Perspectives of Documentality, and Amedeo G. Conte and Paolo Di Lucia’s paper on Adýnaton. Four Dichotomies for a Philosophy of Impossibility.


CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
Francesca De Vecchi
Making the Social World, or on Making Our Everyday Life World 14


SESSION 1. Social Ontology

John R. Searle (University of California, Berkeley)
Human Social Reality and Language

Maurizio Ferraris (Università degli Studi di Torino)
Perspectives of Documentality

Matjaž Potrc (Univerza v Ljubljani)
Metaphysically Lightweight Posits

Olimpia Loddo (Università degli Studi di Milano)
The Background Power in Searle’s Social Ontology

Filip Buekens (Tilburg University, Katholieke Universitet Leuven)
Covert Institutionality: Sacred Mountains, Witches and Exorcists

Daniela Tagliafico (Università degli Studi di Torino)
The Paradox of Government: Explaining the Life and Death of a State


SESSION 2. Collective Intentionality and Social Cognition

Michael Wilby (Anglia Ruskin University)
Subject, Mode and Content in “We-Intentions”

Sarah Songhorian (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele)
Is Affective Intentionality Necessarily Irrelevant in Social Cognition?

Angelica Kaufmann (University of Edinburgh)
Collective Intentionality: A Human – not a Monkey – Business

Emanuele Caminada (Universität zu Köln)
The Phenomenological Background of Collective Positionality

Guglielmo Feis (Università degli Studi di Milano)
The “Ought” Implies “Can” Principle: A Challenge to Collective Intentionality

Federico José Arena (Università Bocconi, Università degli Studi di Genova)
The “Ought” Implies “Can” Principle: A Challenge to Collective Intentionality


SESSION 3. Normativity and Language

Amedeo Giovanni Conte (Università degli Studi di Pavia)
and Paolo Di Lucia (Università degli Studi di Milano)
Adýnaton. Four Dichotomies for a Philosophy of Impossibility

Corrado Roversi (Università degli Studi di Bologna)
Mimetic Constitutive Rules

Barbara Malvestiti (Università degli Studi di Milano)
Human Dignity as a Status vs Human Dignity as a Value. A Double Nature

Federica Berdini (Università degli Studi di Bologna)
Rationality as the Normative Dimension of Speech Acts

Gian Paolo Terravecchia (Università degli Studi di Padova)
Emergent Rules and Social Reality

Enrico Terrone (Università degli Studi di Torino)
Making the Social World without Words