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Elder-Vass on the Causal Power of Social Structures

Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias LU (2014) In Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44(6). p.774-791
Abstract
In this review essay I examine the central tenets of sociologist Dave Elder-Vass’s recent contribution to social ontology, as put forth in his book The Causal Power of Social Structures: Emergence, Structure and Agency (2010). Elder-Vass takes issue with ontological individualists and maintains that social structures exist and have causal powers in their own right. I argue that he fails to establish his main theses: he shows neither that social structures have causal powers “in their own right” (in any sense of this expression) nor that they exist.
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causal power, critical realism, emergence, mereology, ontological individualism, social ontology, structure
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Philosophy of the Social Sciences
volume
44
issue
6
pages
774 - 791
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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  • wos:000344683900004
  • scopus:84908512562
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0048-3931
DOI
10.1177/0048393113500213
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Social ontologi och fortbestånd
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English
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  keyword      = {causal power,critical realism,emergence,mereology,ontological individualism,social ontology,structure},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {774--791},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Philosophy of the Social Sciences},
  title        = {Elder-Vass on the Causal Power of Social Structures},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0048393113500213},
  volume       = {44},
  year         = {2014},
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