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Social Ontology 2018

The 11th Biennial Collective Intentionality Conference

August 22-25, 2018, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA

In August 2018, Tufts University will host the biennial social ontology conference. 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.

Keynotes by:

  • Cristina Bichierri, Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, Legal Studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania
  • Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy, MIT
  • Kit Fine, Silver Professor of Philosophy, NYU
  • Daron Acemoglu, Killian Professor of Economics, MIT
  • Scott Shapiro, Southmayd Professor of Law and Philosophy, Yale
  • Edwin Etieyibo, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Univ. of Witswatersrand

Abstracts of 300-500 words (prepared for blind review) should be submitted to the conference EasyChair site:


Deadline for submissions: March 16, 2018

Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2018

Conference registration opens: May 1, 2018


Brian Epstein, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University

David Schweikard, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Flensburg

For more information on the conference or abstract submission, please contact Stephen Martin (stephen.martin@tufts.edu)

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 (david.schweikard@uni-flensburg.de).


Sponsors of this event include the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts, the Tufts Philosophy Department, the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tufts, the International Social Ontology Society, and the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research.

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).


Opening in May 2018

Call for Abstracts

Length: 300-500 words


Notification of acceptance by April 15, 2018 

Abstracts should be submitted to Easychair:




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

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