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Comment on Naturalizing Critical Realist Social Ontology
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, The Institute for Analytical Sociology, IAS. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5237-9695
2015 (English)In: Journal of Social Ontology, ISSN 2196-9663, Vol. 1, no 2, 333-340 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This comment discusses Kaidesoja (2013) and raises the issue whether his analysis justifies stronger conclusions than he presents in the book. My com- ments focus on four issues. First, I argue that his naturalistic reconstruction of critical realist transcendental arguments shows that transcendental arguments should be treated as a rare curiosity rather than a general argumentative strategy. Second, I suggest that Kaidesoja’s analysis does not really justify his optimism about the usefulness of causal powers ontology in the social sciences. Third, I raise some doubts about the heuristic value of Mario Bunge’s social ontology that Kaidesoja presents as a replacement for critical realist ontology. Finally, I propose an alternative way to analyze failures of aggregativity that might better serve Kaidesoja’s purposes than the Wimsattian scheme he employs in the book. 

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2015. Vol. 1, no 2, 333-340 p.
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social ontology, social science, critical realism, mechanism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-122153DOI: 10.1515/jso-2015-0005OAI: diva2:862269
EU, European Research Council
Available from: 2015-10-21 Created: 2015-10-21 Last updated: 2015-11-11

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