Searle and De Soto: The New Ontology of the Social World

Consider a game of blind chess between two chess masters that is recorded in some standard chess notation. The recording is a representation of the game. But what is the game itself? This question is, we believe, central to the entire domain of social ontology. We argue that the recorded game is a special sort of quasi-abstract pattern, something that is: (i) like abstract entities such as numbers or forms, in that it is both nonphysical and nonpsychological; but at the same time, (ii) through its association with specific players and a specific occasion, tied to time and history. We discover other abstract patterns of this sort especially in the domains of law and commerce. This essay draws on the work in social ontology, we of Hernando de Soto and of John Searle to develop an ontology of the social world based on an analysis of the peculiar interdependence between quasi-abstract patterns and their representations in documents of different sorts.
Keywords capitalism  documents  free-standing Y terms  chess  document acts
Categories (categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive Barry Smith, Searle and De Soto: The New Ontology of the Social World
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Barry Smith (2012). How to Do Things with Documents. Rivista di Estetica 50 (50):179-198.
Italo Testa (2011). Social Space and the Ontology of Recognition. In Heikki Ikäheimo Arto Laitinen (ed.), Recognition and Social Ontology. Brill Books (pp. 287-308).
Andrius Galisanka (2012). Making Social Worlds. Journal of the Philosophy of History 6 (1):115-133.
Stuart Rachels (2008). The Reviled Art. In Benjamin Hale (ed.), Philosophy Looks at Chess. Open Court Press.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

85 ( #56,692 of 1,924,703 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

28 ( #16,701 of 1,924,703 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.