What People Believe When They Say That People Believe

What People Believe When They Say That People Believe : Folk Sociology and the Nature of Group Intentions

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People are often unclear about what is meant by sentences such as 'Catholics don't believe in birth control.' In this book, Todd Jones explores what people are talking about when they ascribe beliefs or actions to entire groups rather than individuals. This discussion should help settle some basis questions for philosophers, social scientists, and casual conversationists.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 238 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 929.86g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739148206
  • 9780739148204

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In the increasingly complex and turbid literature on group intentions, this interesting book is welcome fresh air. Integrating insights from philosophy, cognitive science, and social science with folk conceptions of group activity, Professor Jones models what we believe when we form and communicate beliefs about groups of people. This stimulating book would be an excellent vehicle for introducing students to the fascinating topic of group intentionality. -- Michael O'Rourke, University of Idahoshow more

About Todd E. Jones

Todd Jones is associate professor and chair of philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is co-editor of Affirmative Action; Social Justice or Reverse Discrimination?.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction. Statements About Groups: The Problem Chapter 2 Chapter 1. Groups Acting, and Beliefs About Groups Acting: What We Are Looking For And How We'll Find It Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Collective Claims About Individuals: How Many Chicagoans Need to Like Thick Pizza Before You Can Say "Chicagoans Like Thick Pizza"? Chapter 4 Chapter 3. What Starbucks Really Wants Chapter 5 Chapter 4. "We Go to the Diner on Fridays": Norms, Customs, Conventions, and the Like Chapter 6 Chapter 5. Can X Do Y Statements Explain? Chapter 7 Chapter 6. Final Thoughts: Statements About Groups and Stereotypingshow more