Social ontology

What are social groups? What are corporations and institutions? What is money, language, and the law? Social ontology is the branch of philosophy that studies the nature of the social world and how it works. ISOS is the international organization of philosophers, social theorists, cognitive scientists, economists, and other scholars in the field. We welcome academics and students from across the disciplines to join us.

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ISOS supports two series of international conferences in the field of social ontology, held in alternating years.

Social Ontology 2019: The next conference in the series sponsored by ISOS is Social Ontology 2019. This conference--the sixth in the biennial series of the European Network for Social Ontology--will be held in Tampere, Finland from August 22-24, 2019 at the University of Tampere. The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 16, 2019.

Social Ontology 2019 Tampere

2018 Essay Competition Winner

ISOS is pleased to announce that Luke Roelofs and Judith Martens have won the 2018 ISOS Essay Competition for junior scholars with their essay, "Implicit Coordination: Acting Quasi-Jointly on Implicit Shared Intentions." Runner-up winners are David Strohmaier for his essay, "Group Membership and Parthood" and Michel-Antoine Xhignesse for his essay, "Social Kinds, Reference, and Meta-Ontological Revisionism."

Journal of Social Ontology

The Journal of Social Ontology was founded by ISOS to feature work in social ontology and collective intentionality. The topics that JSO covers range from small-scale everyday interactions to encompassing societal institutions, from expert teams to hierarchical organizations, and from unintended consequences to institutional design. Membership in ISOS supports open access to the journal.

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"International Social Ontology Society" is registered as a non-profit organization in Austria.

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