On ‘common-sense ontology’: A comment on the paper by Frank Hindriks and Francesco Guala

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This note comments on Hindriks and Guala’s ‘unified theory of institutions’. One of the components that Hindriks and Guala seek to unify, and which they claim is unsatisfactory on its own, is the analysis of conventions that derives from the work of Lewis. I argue that the Lewisian approach provides simple and powerful explanations of many regularities in the social behaviour of humans and other animals. Those explanations can be seen as good social science even if, as Hindriks and Guala argue, they do not fit with common-sense ontology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-492
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Institutional Economics
Issue number03
Early online date4 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015


  • common-sense ontology
  • institution
  • convention

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