A model-based approach to social ontology

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Sarkia , M 2022 , ' A model-based approach to social ontology ' , Philosophy of the Social Sciences , vol. 52 , no. 3 , pp. 175-203 . https://doi.org/10.1177/00483931211056952

Title: A model-based approach to social ontology
Author: Sarkia, Matti
Contributor organization: Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Date: 2022-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 29
Belongs to series: Philosophy of the Social Sciences
ISSN: 0048-3931
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/00483931211056952
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/345466
Abstract: This paper argues for theoretical modeling and model-construction as central (but not necessarily the only) types of activities that philosophers of social ontology (in the analytic tradition) engage in. This claim is defended through a detailed case study and revisionary interpretation of Raimo Tuomela’s account of the we-perspective. My interpretation is grounded in Ronald Giere’s account of scientific models, and argued to be compatible with, but less demanding than Tuomela’s own description of his account as a philosophical theory of the social world. My approach is also suggested to be applicable to many (but not necessarily all) other methodologically naturalist accounts of collective intentionality and social ontology.
Subject: collective intentionality
methodological naturalism
philosophical methodology
scientific modeling
Social ontology
611 Philosophy
Peer reviewed: Yes
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