Call for papers – The Fourth Conference of the European Network on Social Ontology, Palermo, September 24th-26th, 2015

lunedì, 30 Marzo, 2015

The Fourth Conference
of the
European Network on Social Ontology (ENSO IV)
University of Palermo (Italy)
September 24-26, 2015
The event will be sponsored by the Workshop of Critical Social Philosophy, the Department of Humanities at the University of Palermo, and the City of Palermo.

Plenary Speakers
Hannes Rakoczy (University of Goettingen)
Vasudevi Reddy (University of Portsmouth)
Andreas Roepstorff (University of Aarhus)
Hans Bernhard Schmid (University of Wien)
Dan Zahavi (University of Copenhagen)

Symposium on B. Epstein’s book The Ant Trap: Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences

Mattia Gallotti (London) | Natalie Gold (King’s College London) | Francesco Guala (Milan) | Brian Epstein (Tufts)

Symposium on R. Tuomela’s book Social Ontology: Collective Intentionality and Group Agents
Frank Hindriks (Groningen) | Björn Petersson (Lund) | TBA | Raimo Tuomela (Helsinki)

Call for Papers

The conference will address questions about the formation and persistence of social-institutional facts, with the goal to foster dialogue between analytic approaches, philosophical traditions such as phenomenology and critical theory, and empirical research in the social and cognitive sciences. Possible topics include but are not limited to: the nature of collective intentionality, the ontogenesis of the capacity for interaction; team reasoning and distributed cognition; collective decision-making; political power and social change; the role of language in the construction of social and institutional reality; the logical and normative structure of cooperation; the psychological and conceptual mechanisms underlying the emergence of social interaction and collective agency; the nature of duties and rights built into the logical status of institutions.

The European Network on Social Ontology was founded in 2007 with the goal to provide a platform for discussion and exchange of ideas, future research activities at European level and the organization of a biannual international conference. Attendance to the conference allows participants to join the International Network on Social Ontology (ISOS) and learn more about the Journal of Social Ontology (JSO) published by De Gruyter.

Further information can be found at:


We welcome submissions of papers through EasyChair ( by May 31st. An extended abstract between 750 and 1000 words suitably prepared for blind reviewing should be submitted. A short, i.e. one-paragraph, summary will be required in case of acceptance for publication in the conference booklet and/or on the conference website.


Deadline for submissions: May 31st

Notification of acceptance: June 30th

Early registration deadline: July 31st


Organizing and Scientific Committee

Antonella Carassa, University of Italian Switzerland; Cristiano Castelfranchi, ISTC-CNR, Rome; Marco Colombetti, Politecnico di Milano, University of Italian Switzerland; Mattia Gallotti, University of London; Francesco Guala, University of Milan; Claudia Rosciglione, Workshop of Critical Social Philosophy, University of Palermo; Corrado Roversi, University of Bologna; Alessandro Salice, University of Copenhagen; Guido Seddone, University of Sassari; Italo Testa, University of Parma; Luca Tummolini, ISTC-CNR, Rome; Giuseppe Vicari, Workshop of Critical Social Philosophy, University of Palermo; Giancarlo Zanet, Workshop of Critical Social Philosophy, University of Palermo.


Scientific Director

Francesca Di Lorenzo Ajello, University of Palermo

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