Social Ontology 2018

August 22, 2018 - August 25, 2018
Tufts University, in cooperation with the International Social Ontology Society (ISOS) and the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR)

Tufts University
Medford (Boston Metro Area)
United States

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  • Department of Philosophy, Tufts University
  • Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts
  • Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tufts
  • World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research
  • International Social Ontology Society


Daron Acemoglu
Edwin Etieyibo
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Kit Fine
New York University
Haslanger Sally
Scott Shapiro
Yale University
Amie L. Thomasson
University of Miami


Brian Epstein
Tufts University
David Schweikard
University of Flensburg

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In August 2018, Tufts University will host Social Ontology 2018, the 11th biennial conference in the Collective Intentionality series. This major conference will bring together international leaders across fields studying the nature of the social world and how to improve our models of it.

Topics include:

  • Approaches to the metaphysics of the social world
  • Collective intentionality and group cognition
  • The nature of institutions, firms, and organizations
  • The metaphysics of race and gender
  • The nature of law and legal applications of social ontology
  • Collective responsibility
  • Interdisciplinary contributions are encouraged

Essay prize:

On the occasion of the conference, the International Social Ontology Society will award an essay prize in social ontology for early career scholars (up to six years after completing their PhD). The prize comes with an award of 500 euros and publication (after suitable revisions) in the Journal of Social Ontology. Please look for further announcements for details of the prize competition and deadlines for submission. For more information, contact David Schweikard ([email protected]).

The Collective Intentionality conferences are a biennial series sponsored by the International Social Ontology Society. The previous ten events in this series have been held at Delft University of Technology in Den Haag, Netherlands (2016), Indiana University Bloomington (2014), and the Universities of Manchester (2012), Basel (2010), Berkeley (2008), Helsinki (2006), Siena (2004), Rotterdam (2002), Leipzig (2000) and Munich (1999).

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Who is attending?

5 people are attending:

David Miguel Gray
University of Memphis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and 3 more.

2 people may be attending:

Eric Godoy
Pratt Institute
Walter Horn
Framingham State University

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