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Theorizing Roles and Collective Intentionality

Theorizing Roles and Collective Intentionality: Contemporary Perspectives
Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Raimo Tuomela # University of Helsinki; Speaker: Mary Holmes # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: James Swindler # Illinois State University; Speaker: Stephen Kemp # University of Edinburgh
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5th May 2014 13:00 - 5th May 2014 17:00
Seminar room 3, Chrystal Macmillan Building


Theorizing Roles and Collective Intentionality: Contemporary Perspectives

Monday 5, May 2014 |  1-5pm | Seminar Room 3, Chrystal MacMillan Building


Theorizing Roles Poster


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


All Welcome –A Free Event

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.