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Causal Powers and Social Ontology

Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias LU (2018) In Synthese p.1-21
Abstract

Over the last few decades, philosophers and social scientists have applied the so-called powers ontology to the social domain. I argue that this application is highly problematic: many of the alleged powers in the social realm violate the intrinsicality condition, and those that can be coherently taken to be intrinsic to their bearers are arguably causally redundant. I end the paper by offering a diagnosis of why philosophers and social scientists have been tempted to think that there are powers in social realm.

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Causal powers, Causation, Critical realism, Deontic powers, Dispositions, Emergence, Extrinsic, Intrinsic, Social ontology
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Synthese
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21 pages
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Springer
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1573-0964
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10.1007/s11229-018-1763-2
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English
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  title        = {Causal Powers and Social Ontology},
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  year         = {2018},
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