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Pragmatism, Ontology, and Philosophy of the Social Sciences in Practice

Lohse, Simon (2017) Pragmatism, Ontology, and Philosophy of the Social Sciences in Practice. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 47 (1). pp. 3-27.

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Abstract

In this article, I will discuss two prominent views on the relevance and irrelevance of ontological investigations for the social sciences, namely, ontological foundationalism and anti-ontological pragmatism. I will argue that both views are unsatisfactory. The subsequent part of the article will introduce an alternative role for ontological projects in the philosophy of the social sciences that fares better in this respect by paying attention to the ontological assumptions of actual social scientific theories, models, and related explanatory practices. I will illustrate and support this alternative through discussion of three concrete cases.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Lohse, Simonlohse@ww.uni-hannover.de
Keywords: social ontology, explanation, philosophy of science in practice, pragmatism, ontological foundationalism
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Dr. S. Lohse
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2018 16:46
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2018 16:46
Item ID: 14265
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Publisher: SAGE
Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/004839...
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: January 2017
Page Range: pp. 3-27
Volume: 47
Number: 1
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14265

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