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Causal Powers and Social Ontology

Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias (2018) Causal Powers and Social Ontology. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Over the last few decades, philosophers and social scientists have applied the so-called powers ontology to the social domain. I argue that this application is highly problematic: many of the alleged powers in the social realm violate the intrinsicality condition, and those that can be coherently taken to be intrinsic to their bearers are arguably causally redundant. I end the paper by offering a diagnosis of why philosophers and social scientists have been tempted to think that there are powers in social realm.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias0000-0001-5079-752X
Keywords: causal powers; causation; critical realism; deontic powers; emergence; dispositions; extrinsic; intrinsic; social ontology
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Dr. Tobias Hansson Wahlberg
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2018 21:18
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2018 21:18
Item ID: 14460
DOI or Unique Handle: SYNT-D-17-00782R2
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14460

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