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The Philosophy of Sociality: The Shared Point of View

Raimo Tuomela


The intuitive starting point of the book is the distinction between thinking and acting as a private person versus as a group member. People may view things from their own personal viewpoint and base their thinking and acting on this “I-perspective”. They can then be said to operate as private persons, in the I-mode, even when they are engaged in social action with others. Alternatively, they may adopt the perspective of their social group and view things from a full “we-perspective”, that is, from the group's point of view that is constituted and shared by its members. Then they can be said t ... More

Keywords: acting as a group member, collective acceptance, collective commitment, collective intentionality, cooperation, cultural evolution, group attitude, group reason, group responsibility, I-mode, institutional status, joint action, joint intention, social institution, we-mode, we-perspective

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195313390
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313390.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raimo Tuomela, author
University of Helsinki
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