Social Ontology 2018

The 11th Biennial Collective Intentionality Conference

August 22-25, 2018, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA

In August 2018, Tufts University will host the biennial social ontology conference. This major conference will bring together international leaders across fields studying the nature of the social world and how to improve our models of it.

Topics include:

  • Approaches to the metaphysics of the social world
  • Collective intentionality and group cognition
  • The nature of institutions, firms, and organizations
  • The metaphysics of race and gender
  • The nature of law and legal applications of social ontology
  • Collective responsibility

Interdisciplinary contributions are encouraged.

Keynotes by:

  • Cristina Bichierri, Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, Legal Studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania
  • Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy, MIT
  • Kit Fine, Silver Professor of Philosophy, NYU
  • Daron Acemoglu, Killian Professor of Economics, MIT
  • Scott Shapiro, Southmayd Professor of Law and Philosophy, Yale
  • Edwin Etieyibo, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Univ. of Witswatersrand

Conference registration opens: May 1, 2018


Brian Epstein, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University

David Schweikard, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Flensburg

For more information on the conference or abstract submission, please contact Stephen Martin (

Essay prize:

On the occasion of the conference, the International Social Ontology Society will award an essay prize in social ontology for early career scholars (up to six years after completing their PhD). The prize comes with an award of 500 euros and publication (after suitable revisions) in the Journal of Social Ontology. Please look for further announcements for details of the prize competition and deadlines for submission. For more information, contact David Schweikard (

Official sponsors:

  • The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts
  • Philosophy Department, Tufts University
  • Philosophy Department, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Missouri
  • Philosophy Department, Harvard University
  • Provost's Office, Tufts University
  • Dean of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University
  • ReST program / Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research
  • Classics Department, Tufts University

The Collective Intentionality conferences are a biennial series sponsored by the International Social Ontology Society. The previous ten events in this series have been held at Delft University of Technology in Den Haag, Netherlands (2016), Indiana University Bloomington (2014), and the Universities of Manchester (2012), Basel (2010), Berkeley (2008), Helsinki (2006), Siena (2004), Rotterdam (2002), Leipzig (2000) and Munich (1999).


"International Social Ontology Society" is registered as a non-profit organization in Austria.

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