Journal of Social Ontology 2 (1):105-116 (2016)

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Glenda Satne
University of Wollongong
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Social accounts of objective content, like the one advanced by Tomasello, are traditionally challenged by an ‘essential tension’. The tension is the following: while sociality is deemed to be at the basis of thinking, in order to explain sociality, some form of thinking seems to be necessarily presupposed. In this contribution I analyse Tomasello’s two-step theory of the evolution of human thinking vis-à-vis this challenge. While his theory is in principle suited to address it, I claim that the specifics of the first step and the notion of perspective that infuse it are problematic in this regard. I end by briefly sketching an alternative.
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