Theoretical Procedures and Elder-Vass's Critical Realist Ontology

Leonidas Tsilipakos

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This article scrutinizes some theoretical procedures prevalent in the philosophy of social science. These procedures are exemplified in Elder-Vass’s critical realism, which promises to place the social sciences on a sound ontological footing. The article focuses on the way that Elder-Vass’s general emergentist ontology is constituted and on the methods through which it is applied to society. It is contended that the ontology is not and could not be grounded in science and that its philosophical use distorts what it is applied to. The incoherent methods that social ontological projects constitutionally rely on entail that they cannot ground social scientific explanation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophy of the Social Sciences
Early online date17 Sep 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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