Reclaiming Naturalized Critical Realism : Response to McWherter

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Kaidesoja , T J 2017 , ' Reclaiming Naturalized Critical Realism : Response to McWherter ' , Journal of critical realism. , vol. 16 , no. 2 , pp. 200-222 .

Title: Reclaiming Naturalized Critical Realism : Response to McWherter
Author: Kaidesoja, Tuukka Juhani
Contributor organization: Department of Political and Economic Studies (2010-2017)
Practical Philosophy
TINT – Centre for Philosophy of Social Science
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 23
Belongs to series: Journal of critical realism.
ISSN: 1476-7430
Abstract: This article responds to McWherter’s detailed critique of my assessment of Roy Bhaskar’s method of transcendental argumentation in chapter four of my Naturalizing Critical Realist Social Ontology (2013). I begin by describing some naturalist ontological and epistemological views defended in my book, thereby showing that my naturalist challenge to the original version of critical realism is not only methodological (or metaphilosophical) but also substantial. I also indicate that this point is effectively downplayed in McWherter’s framing of the debate in terms of competing metaphilosophies. I then consider how the doctrine of transcendental idealism is presupposed in Kant’s transcendental deduction and question the consistency of McWherter’s various descriptions of Bhaskar’s transcendental arguments. Finally, I provide detailed responses to McWherter’s objectives to my views. My conclusion is that naturalized critical realism is a more coherent and scientifically viable position than the neo-Kantian version of critical realism defended by McWherter. Nevertheless, I think that there is enough overlap between original and naturalized critical realism to regard the latter as a revised and elaborated version of the former.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
critical realism
Philosophy of Science
transcendental argument
5141 Sociology
critical realism
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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