Title: What is money? An alternative to Searle's institutional facts
Authors: Smit, J. P ×
Buekens, Filip
du Plessis, Stan #
Issue Date: Mar-2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Series Title: Economics and Philosophy vol:27 issue:1 pages:1-22
Abstract: In The Construction of Social Reality (1995), John Searle develops a theory of institutional facts and objects, of which money, borders and property are presented as prime examples. These objects are the result of us collectively intending certain natural objects to have a certain status, i.e. to 'count as' being certain social objects. This view renders such objects irreducible to natural objects. In this paper we propose a radically different approach that is more compatible with standard economic theory. We claim that such institutional objects can be fully understood in terms of actions and incentives, and hence the Searlean apparatus solves a non-existent problem.
ISSN: 0266-2671
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Logic and Analytical Philosophy
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