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Instrumentalizing and Naturalizing Social Ontology: Replies to Lohse and Little

Lauer, Richard (2021) Instrumentalizing and Naturalizing Social Ontology: Replies to Lohse and Little. [Preprint]

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This article addresses Simon Lohse’s and Daniel Little’s responses to my article “Is Social Ontology Prior to Social Scientific Methodology?”. In that article, I present a pragmatic and deflationary view of the priority of social ontology to social science methodology where social ontology is valued for its ability to promote empirical success and not because it yields knowledge of what furnishes the social world. First, in response to Lohse, I argue that my view is compatible with a role for ontological theorizing in the social sciences. However, the view that results instrumentalizes social ontology. Second, in my response to Little, I argue that the same considerations I made in my article apply to naturalistic attempts to motivate a non-deflationary view, repeating some of the central issues of that article.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Lauer, Richard
Keywords: Naturalistic ontology, metaontology, meta social ontology
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Richard Lauer
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2022 03:40
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2022 03:40
Item ID: 20361
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20361

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