Teoria e Critica della Regolazione Sociale / Theory and Criticism of Social Regulation

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Vol 1 No 20 (2020)
Published October 22, 2020
Drawing social reality

Edited by Antonio Incampo & Giuseppe Lorini

With the publication of John Searle’s famous book The Construction of Social Reality in 1995, a new philosophical discipline comes to life, although with roots that date back to Husserlian phenomenology (and, in particular, to Adolf Reinach and Czesław Znamierowski’s research): social ontology.
More specifically, this ontological investigation of society aims to study the conditions of possibility and the logical structure of social reality and its entities. According to Searle, social reality is a symbolic reality in that it is made possible by that particular “biological capacity” that humans possess “to make something symbolize”. For example, it is thanks to this human ability that a piece of multicolored paper can have the value of a ten-dollar bill. This ability is also the basis of language, which, according to Searle, is an essential tool for the construction of social reality. The role played by language in the creation of institutional entities has been particularly highlighted by the research carried out by Barry Smith and Maurizio Ferraris on documents as linguistic artifacts that greatly enhance the architecture of institutional reality.
Within this survey, however, the roles that can also be played by drawing, alongside language, in documents and social architecture, as a “symbolizing tool” have often been overlooked. The objective of this special issue is to fill this gap, interlacing social ontology (and the theory of documentality) with a second new philosophical discipline recently brought into being thanks to Patrick Maynard’s book Drawing Distinctions: The Varieties of Graphic Expression, published in 2005: philosophy of drawing.

Monographic Section

Antonio Incampo, Giuseppe Lorini
7-14
Drawing Social Reality. An Introduction
https://doi.org/10.7413/19705476014
pdf (Italiano)
Maurizio Ferraris
15-32
The Normative Circle
https://doi.org/10.7413/19705476015
pdf (Italiano)
Patrick Maynard
33-48
Drawn Together. Graphics & Collective Intentionality
https://doi.org/10.7413/19705476016
pdf
John R. Searle
49-58
Semiotics as a Theory of Representation
https://doi.org/10.7413/19705476017
pdf
Barry Smith, Olimpia G. Loddo, Giuseppe Lorini
59-74
Credentials: Words, Drawings, and Deontic Powers
https://doi.org/10.7413/19705476018
pdf (Italiano)
Filippo Bottalico
75-94
Drawn Legality. Notes on Non-Textual Rules and Criminal Law
https://doi.org/10.7413/19705476019
pdf (Italiano)
Angela Condello
95-112
On the Legal Case as Drawing
https://doi.org/10.7413/19705476020
pdf (Italiano)
Francesco Mancin
113-130
A Law Made by Places? An Investigation of the Objects and Normativity of the Cartographic Depictions
https://doi.org/10.7413/19705476021
pdf (Italiano)
Paolo Moro
131-144
Figures of Speech and Legal Style. The Visual Shape of Law
https://doi.org/10.7413/19705476022
pdf
Marco Q. Silvi
145-164
Drawings and the Constitutive Force of Documents
https://doi.org/10.7413/19705476023
pdf (Italiano)
Guglielmo Siniscalchi
165-178
Iconic Turn in Deontic Wor(l)ds. From Visual Rules to Optical Dispositives
https://doi.org/10.7413/19705476024
pdf
Paolo Sommaggio, Ivan Daldoss
179-198
The Graphic Representation of Education. Architectures and Models
https://doi.org/10.7413/19705476025
pdf (Italiano)
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