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SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF INSTITUTIONS
An exploration of social ontology, examining a range of questions about the nature of social reality. Topics considered may include: social norms, statuses, roles and institutions; the social construction of race, gender and other identities; collective intentionality; collective goods; interactive kinds; and the distinction between system and life-world as forms of social integration. Readings may include works by several contemporary philosophers, including Sally Haslanger, Ian Hacking, John Searle, Jürgen Habermas, and Charles Taylor.