Social objects

Philosophique 26 (2):315–347 (2002)
Abstract
One reason for the renewed interest in Austrian philosophy, and especially in the work of Brentano and his followers, turns on the fact that analytic philosophers have become once again interested in the traditional problems of metaphysics. It was Brentano, Husserl, and the philosophers and psychologists whom they influenced, who drew attention to the thorny problem of intentionality, the problem of giving an account of the relation between acts and objects or, more generally, between the psychological environments of cognitive subjects and the different sorts of external (physical, geographical, social) environments which they inhabit. The present essay addresses this environmental version of the problem of intentionality. It draws not only on the work of Husserl and Scheler but also on the Gestalt psychological writings of Kurt Koffka and Kurt Lewin. It considers the influential subjective idealist theory of animal environments put forward by J. von Uexküll and contrasts this with a realist theory of organism-environment interaction based on the work of the ecological psychologists J. J. Gibson and Roger Barker. This realist theory is then exploited as a basis for an ontology of social objects of a range of different sorts.
Keywords Max Scheler  Kurt Koffka  Jakob von Uexküll  J. J. Gibson  Roger Barker
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive
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
Rethinking Objectivity in Social Science.E. Montuschi - 2004 - Social Epistemology 18 (2-3):109-122.
Social Choice Among Complex Objects.Luigi Marengo & Simona Settepanella - 2014 - Annali della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa 13 (4):1039-1064.
Documentalità: Ontologia Del Mondo Sociale.Maurizio Ferraris - 2007 - Etica E Politica 9 (2):240-329.
Social Objects, Causality and Contingent Realism.Malcolm Williams - 2009 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 39 (1):1-18.
The Construction of Social Reality: An Exchange.Barry Smith & John Searle - 2003 - American Journal of Economics and Sociology 62 (2):285-309.
Thing and Object.Kristie Miller - 2008 - Acta Analytica 23 (1):69-89.
Added to PP index
2017-04-28

Total downloads
14 ( #379,868 of 2,231,554 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
10 ( #47,119 of 2,231,554 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature