What is Collective Acceptance and What Does it Do?

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This article identifies and tries to solve five puzzles in Tuomela’s Collective Acceptance View of sociality and institutions. If it is framed in terms of collective acceptance of sentences as true for a group, and that need not mean objective truth, does collective acceptance shed any light on the ontology of institutions? Is it the CA-events or CA-states that have the possible ontological consequences for social reality? If theoretical claims about CA conflict, which ones should we revise? How to make sense of CA-states sometimes being intentions and sometimes beliefs? In cases where the related attitudes are there, but for some reason or another the corresponding activity does not take place, should we say that collective acceptance is whatever is needed (not merely attitudes, but also related actions) for the related ontological effect to take place? The article discusses these challenges and argues among other things that Tuomela’s account has the desired ontological relevance, but as Tuomela sees collective acceptance as an achievement-notion, only effective collective acceptance is collective acceptance at all.
Tuomela on Sociality. Philosophers in Depth, eds. Rachael Mellin and Miguel Garcia. ,
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTuomela on Sociality
EditorsMiguel Garcia-Godinez, Rachael Mellin
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-22626-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-22625-0, 978-3-031-22628-1
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2023
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NamePhilosophers in depth
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan
ISSN (Print)2947-552X
ISSN (Electronic)2947-5538


  • Collective acceptance
  • Collective intentionality
  • Social ontology
  • Raimo Tuomela

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