Comment on Naturalizing Critical Realist Social Ontology

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Ylikoski , P K 2015 , ' Comment on Naturalizing Critical Realist Social Ontology ' , Journal of Social Ontology , vol. 1 , no. 2 , pp. 333-340 . https://doi.org/10.1515/jso-2015-0005

Title: Comment on Naturalizing Critical Realist Social Ontology
Author: Ylikoski, Petri Kullervo
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2015
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Journal of Social Ontology
ISSN: 2196-9663
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/234276
Abstract: This comment discusses Kaidesoja (2013) and raises the issue whether his analysis justifies stronger conclusions than he presents in the book. My com- ments focus on four issues. First, I argue that his naturalistic reconstruction of critical realist transcendental arguments shows that transcendental arguments should be treated as a rare curiosity rather than a general argumentative strategy. Second, I suggest that Kaidesoja’s analysis does not really justify his optimism about the usefulness of causal powers ontology in the social sciences. Third, I raise some doubts about the heuristic value of Mario Bunge’s social ontology that Kaidesoja presents as a replacement for critical realist ontology. Finally, I propose an alternative way to analyze failures of aggregativity that might better serve Kaidesoja’s purposes than the Wimsattian scheme he employs in the book.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
611 Philosophy
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