A History of Emerging Modes?


  • Michael Schmitz University of Vienna


mode, cooperation, joint attention, thought, propositional attitudes


In this paper I first introduce Tomasello’s notion of thought and his account of its emergence and development through differentiation, arguing that it calls into question the theory bias of the philosophical tradition on thought as well as its frequent atomism. I then raise some worries that he may be overextending the concept of thought, arguing that we should recognize an area of intentionality intermediate between action and perception on the one hand and thought on the other. After that I argue that the co-operative nature of humans is reflected in the very structure of their intentionality and thought: in co-operative modes such as the mode of joint attention and action and the we-mode, they experience and represent others as co-subjects of joint relations to situations in the world rather than as mere objects. In conclusion, I briefly comment on what Tomasello refers to as one of two big open questions in the theory of collective intentionality, namely that of the irreducibility of jointness.


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How to Cite

Schmitz, Michael. 2016. “A History of Emerging Modes?”. Journal of Social Ontology 2 (1). Vienna, Austria:87-103. https://journalofsocialontology.org/index.php/jso/article/view/6844.



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