|Philosophy of Society
How does human society differ from that of other social animals? How is it possible that there can be an objective reality of such things as money, property, government, marriage, and universities, even though such things exist only because we believe they exist? What is the role of language in constituting human reality, and what is language anyhow? These and other related questions will be discussed in this course. The course deals with the foundations of the social sciences and the differences between social science explanations and natural science explanations. We will cover a large number of topics such as these: Why is the nation state such a powerful form of social organization? Why did socialism fail? Are there human rights, and if so what are they and where do they come from?
138 - Books
Hollis, M. The Philosophy of Social Science Cambridge 0521447801 R Searle, J. The Construction of Social Reality Free Press 0684831791 R Searle, J. Intentionality Cambridge 0521273021 R Searle, J. Rationality in Action MIT 0262692821
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Previously taught: SP07.