Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Social Ontology and Social Normativity
by Donohue, Brian Joshua, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2020, 177; 27738506
Abstract (Summary)

Many recent accounts of the ontology of groups, institutions, and practices have touched upon the normative or deontic dimensions of social reality (e.g., social obligations, claims, permissions, prohibitions, authority, and immunity), as distinct from any specifically moral values or obligations. For the most part, however, the ontology of such socio-deontic phenomena has not received the attention it deserves. In what sense might a social obligation or a claim exist? What is the ontological status of such an obligation (e.g., is it an entity in its own right)? And how do people come to have social obligations or permissions in the first place? In this dissertation, I argue that such social-deontic phenomena can be accounted for ontologically in terms of the existence of shared prescriptive representational content that is backed by collectively held dispositions to monitor for compliance, and to punish (sanction, blame, chide, look unfavorably upon) those who fail to comply.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Barry
Commitee: Muldoon, Ryan, Ceusters, Werner
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 81/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Information science, Metaphysics
Keywords: Deontic, Normativity, Norms, Ontology, Social
Publication Number: 27738506
ISBN: 9781658422475
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