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Contributions to Social Ontology : Routledge Studies in Critical Realism - Clive Lawson

Contributions to Social Ontology

Routledge Studies in Critical Realism

By: Clive Lawson (Editor), John Spiro Latsis (Editor), Nuno Martins (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 7th December 2006
ISBN: 9780415403733
Number Of Pages: 332

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Recent years have seen a dramatic re-emergence of interest in ontology. From philosophy and social sciences to artificial intelligence and computer science, ontology is gaining interdisciplinary influence as a popular tool for applied research. Contributions to Social Ontology focuses specifically on these developments within the social sciences. The contributions reveal that this revived interest in social ontology involves far more than an unquestioning acceptance or application of the concepts and methods of academic philosophers. Instead as ontology permeates so many new areas, social ontology itself is evolving in new and fascinating ways. This book engages with these new developments, pushing it forward with cutting-edge new material from leading authors in this area, from Roy Bhaskar to Margaret Archer. It also explicitly analyzes the relationship between the new ontological projects and the more traditional approaches.

This book will be of great interest to students and researchers alike across the social sciences and particularly in philosophy, economics and sociology.

Figures and tablesp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Introduction: ontology, philosophy and the social sciencesp. 1
Ontology and social theoryp. 15
The ontological status of subjectivity: the missing link between structure and agencyp. 17
Technology, technological determinism and the transformational model of social activityp. 32
Ontological theorising and the assumptions issue in economicsp. 50
Wittgenstein and the ontology of the social: some Kripkean reflections on Bourdieu's 'Theory of Practice'p. 68
Deducing natural necessity from purposive activity: the scientific realist logic of Habermas' theory of communicative action and Luhmann's systems theoryp. 89
'Under-labouring' for ethics: Lukacs's critical ontologyp. 102
Ontology and philosophyp. 125
Quine and the ontological turn in economicsp. 127
Tracking down the transcendental argument and the synthetic a priori: chasing fairies or serious ontological business?p. 142
Re-examining Bhaskar's three ontological domains: the lessons from emergencep. 160
Real, invented or applied? Some reflections on scientific objectivity and social ontologyp. 177
Theorising ontologyp. 192
Ontology and applied researchp. 205
Freedom, possibility and ontology: rethinking the problem of 'competitive ascent' in the Caribbeanp. 207
On the ontology of international norm diffusionp. 231
Realist social theorising and the emergence of state educational systemsp. 252
The educational limits of critical realism? Emancipation and rational agency in the compulsory years of schoolingp. 273
Economics and autism: why the drive towards closure?p. 293
Applying critical realism: re-conceptualising the emergent English early music performer labour marketp. 304
Indexp. 324
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ISBN: 9780415403733
ISBN-10: 0415403731
Series: Routledge Studies in Critical Realism
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 7th December 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1

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