CFP: Social Ontology 2024

Submission deadline: December 15, 2023

Conference date(s):
July 22, 2024 - July 25, 2024

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, Duke University
Durham, United States

Topic areas



July 22-25, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Deadline for abstracts: December 15, 2023.

Social Ontology is the internationally leading philosophical and philosophy-related interdisciplinary conference series on social and collective phenomena. Social Ontology 2024 in Durham, NC  invites contributions on the nature and existence of social phenomena, methodological debates about social ontology, and analyses of collective intentionality and collective responsibility.

Call for Abstracts

Submit abstracts, 300-500 words, prepared for anonymous review, by December 15th, 2023.

The presentation at the conference should be 20 mins.

To submit an abstract, go here

Interdisciplinary contributions are strongly encouraged.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The ontology of the social world; the nature and existence of social phenomena 
  • Collective intentionality 
  • The ontology of social kinds (e.g. race or gender or class)
  • Social structures and opaque kinds of social facts
  • Shared, joint or collective action
  • Shared, collective, and corporate responsibility
  • Collective or shared beliefs, intentions, and emotions
  • Linguistic or mental representations of social phenomena 
  • Social skills, habits and practices
  • Trust, cooperation, and competition
  • The concept of social power and stratification 
  • The nature, evolution, and functioning of social norms
  • The structure of institutions, firms, and organizations
  • The ontology of economics including unintended effects
  • The method(s) of social ontology 
  • Approaches to the metaphysics of the social world
  • Critical social ontology
  • Social norms
  • Ontology and injustice and oppression
  • Ideal and nonideal social ontology 


The International Social Ontology Society and the organizing team consisting of Kevin Richardson and Ásta. In case of questions, feel free to reach out to Kevin Richardson (kevin.richardson (at) Duke (dot) edu).

The Conference Series

The Social Ontology conferences are held under the auspices of the International Social Ontology Society. Previous events in this series have been held at the Universities of Stockholm, Basel, Helsinki, Konstanz, Leipzig, Munich, Manchester,Neuchâtel, Palermo, Rome, Rotterdam, Siena, and Tampere, as well as the University of California San Diego and Berkeley, Delft University of Technology, Tufts University, Indiana University, Bloomington, and the University of Vienna.

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