Theorizing Roles and Collective Intentionality: Contemporary Perspectives

Theorizing Roles and Collective Intentionality: Contemporary Perspectives
Monday 5 May 2014, 1-5pm
Seminar Room 3, Chrystal MacMillan Building
15a George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD
Overview: Despite the arguments of committed critics, notions of roles and collective intentionality have persisted in social science and philosophy. They provide ways of conceptualizing aspects of our sociality and tools to critique individualistic approaches to the social world. This symposium brings together speakers who are engaging with contemporary debates about roles and collective intentionality. The aim is to provoke debate about these concepts, and to push forward their theorization whilst considering serious challenges to them.
1.00-1.10pm    Introduction
1.10-2.10pm    Social Roles and Tasks, Professor Raimo Tuomela (University of Helsinki)
2.15-3.00pm    What Ever Happened to ‘Sex Roles’? Sex, Gender and the Concept of Role, Dr Mary Holmes   (Edinburgh University)
3.00-3.30pm    Tea, Coffee and Biscuits
3.30-4.00pm    Social Roles and Moral Law, Professor James Swindler (Illinois State University)
4.00-4.30pm    Roles and Implicit Consensus, Dr Stephen Kemp (Edinburgh University)
4.30-5.00pm     Panel: all speakers in discussion with each other and the audience
Organized by Professor James Swindler, Illinois State University ( and Dr Stephen Kemp, Edinburgh University ( with support from the School of Social and Political Science and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh University, and the BSA Theory Study Group.

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