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Motivating a Pragmatic Approach to Naturalized Social Ontology

Lauer, Richard (2022) Motivating a Pragmatic Approach to Naturalized Social Ontology. [Preprint]

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Recent contributions to the philosophy of social sciences have motivated ontological commitments using appeals to the social sciences (naturalized social ontologies). These arguments rely on social scientific realism about the social sciences, the view that our social scientific theories are approximately true. I apply a distinction formulated in metaontology between ontologically loaded and unloaded meanings of existential quantification to argue that there is a pragmatic approach to naturalized social ontology that is minimally realist (it treats existence claims as true or false) but that is ontologically austere. I argue that the extant arguments may be construed in terms of this pragmatic approach. The result is an approach to social ontology that is deflationist about naturalized social ontology.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Lauer, Richardrlauer@stlawu.edu
Keywords: scientific metaphysics, metametaphysics, social ontology, scientific realism, meta-social ontology
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Richard Lauer
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2022 03:40
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2022 03:40
Item ID: 20362
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20362

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