Modern philosophical conceptions of social institutions

Anastasiya Shpyljova


The author briefly describes the current philosophical conceptions of social institutions of E. Durkheim, T. Parsons, T. Veblen, D. North and J. Searle and compares fundamental positions of the listed philosophers.


Social institute; institutional fact


Durkheim E. O razdelenii obshchestvennogo truda. Metod sociologii. — Moscow : Nauka, 1991.

Durkheim E. Sociologiya. Ee predmet, metod i naznachenie. — Moscow : Kanon, 1995.

North D.C. Institutions and Economic Growth: A Historical Introduction // J.A. Frieden, D.A. Lake eds. International Political Economy: Perspectives on Global Power and Wealth. — London and New York : Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003.

North D.C. Institutions, institutional change and economic performance. — Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Parsons T. The Present Position and Prospects of Systematic Theory in Sociology // Essays in Sociological Theory. — Glencoe, Illinois : The Free Press, 1949. — P. 212-237.

Parsons T., Shils E. Toward a General Theory of Action. — Cambridge, Massachussets : Harvard University Press, 1962.

Searle J.R. The construction of social reality. — London : Penguin Books, 1995.

Searle J.R. What is an Institution? // Journal of Institutional Economics. — 2005. — Vol. 1. — No. 1. — P. 1-22.

Veblen T. The theory of leisure class. — New York : The Macmillan Company, 1912.


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