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|Abstract||Professor James Coleman's book The Foundations of Social Theory is a great achievement: It presents a general but precisely formulated social theory based partly on long-term theoretical work and in part also on empirical work. I find myself largely in agreement with what Coleman says; accordingly, most of my critical points will be "external". The chief purpose of this paper is therefore not so much to criticize as as to attempt to say something which complements Coleman's theory and also serves to show some of its limitations and restrictions. As a philosopher, I will concentrate on conceptually and philosophically interesting issues. Because there are a great many such issues in the book, I have chosen to concentrate on the topics of group action and group intention, topics I have myself worked on recently.1..|
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