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Изследване на социалната онтология на Сърл
Exploring Searle’s Social Ontology

Author(s): Samal H. R. Manee
Subject(s): Epistemology, Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Psychoanalysis
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: language; society; belief; knowledge; social epistemology;

Summary/Abstract: In this short article, I will explore John Searle’s social ontology project from the perspective of social epistemology. The outcome of my analysis is that language is decisive for the collective acquisition and production of knowledge. I agree with Searle regarding the exposure of language as a central constitutive component of social forms of knowledge, a component that plays a significant role in the development of social epistemology.In Searle's account, all institutional facts are linguistically created and maintained. I agree that language should play a central role in any social ontology, in social epistemology, as well as for our understanding of society. But when we bring in language and make it the central focus and foundation in explaining how society is created and functions, it becomes inevitable to bring in the diversity of views in theories of meaning and to analyze how these contribute to the creation and maintenance of society. Other questions also need to be addressed, including those related to the so-called “problem of group belief justification”, as it is not clear how it fits into Searle’s project and how individual convictions become convictions of the community.

  • Issue Year: XXVII/2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 90-101
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English, Bulgarian