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Causally Redundant Social Objects: Rejoinder to Elder-Vass

Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias LU (2014) In Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44(6). p.798-809
Abstract
In Elder-Vass’s response to my (2014) it is maintained: (1) that a social object is not identical with but is merely composed of its suitably interrelated parts; (2) that a social object is necessarily indistinguishable in terms of its causal capacities from its interrelated parts; and (3) that ontological individualism lacks an adequate ontological justification (Elder-Vass forthcoming). In this reply, I argue that in view of (1) the so-called redescription principle defended by Elder-Vass ought to be reformulated and renamed; that the conjunction of (1) and (2) renders social objects causally redundant; and that ontological individualism can be coherently formulated and theoretically justified within Elder-Vass’s own metaphysics of... (More)
In Elder-Vass’s response to my (2014) it is maintained: (1) that a social object is not identical with but is merely composed of its suitably interrelated parts; (2) that a social object is necessarily indistinguishable in terms of its causal capacities from its interrelated parts; and (3) that ontological individualism lacks an adequate ontological justification (Elder-Vass forthcoming). In this reply, I argue that in view of (1) the so-called redescription principle defended by Elder-Vass ought to be reformulated and renamed; that the conjunction of (1) and (2) renders social objects causally redundant; and that ontological individualism can be coherently formulated and theoretically justified within Elder-Vass’s own metaphysics of objects with causal powers. (Less)
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causal power, critical realism, emergence, mereology, ontological individualism, social structure
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Philosophy of the Social Sciences
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44
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6
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798 - 809
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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0048-3931
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10.1177/0048393114521364
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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 structure},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
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  series       = {Philosophy of the Social Sciences},
  title        = {Causally Redundant Social Objects: Rejoinder to Elder-Vass},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0048393114521364},
  volume       = {44},
  year         = {2014},
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