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Is Social Ontology Prior to Social Scientific Methodology?

Lauer, Richard (2019) Is Social Ontology Prior to Social Scientific Methodology? [Preprint]

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In this article I examine “Ontology Matters!” (OM!) arguments. OM! arguments conclude that ontology can contribute to empirical success in social science. First, I capture the common form between different OM! arguments. Second, I describe quantifier variance as discussed in metaontology. Third, I apply quantifier variance to the common form of OM! arguments. I then present two ways in which ontology is prior to social science methodology, one realist and one pragmatic. I argue that a pragmatic interpretation of ontology’s priority gives proponents of realist OM! arguments a special burden that they must meet to render their argument successful.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Lauer, Richardrlauer@stlawu.edu
Keywords: Social ontology, social scientific methodology, metaontology
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Richard Lauer
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2022 03:39
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2022 03:39
Item ID: 20360
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20360

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