Causal Powers and Social Ontology

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title = "Causal Powers and Social Ontology",
abstract = "Over the last few decades, philosophers and social scientists have applied the so-called powers ontology to the social domain. I argue that this application is highly problematic: many of the alleged powers in the social realm violate the intrinsicality condition, and those that can be coherently taken to be intrinsic to their bearers are arguably causally redundant. I end the paper by offering a diagnosis of why philosophers and social scientists have been tempted to think that there are powers in social realm.",
keywords = "Causal powers, Causation, Critical realism, Deontic powers, Dispositions, Emergence, Extrinsic, Intrinsic, Social ontology",
author = "{Hansson Wahlberg}, Tobias",
year = "2020",
doi = "10.1007/s11229-018-1763-2",
language = "English",
volume = "197",
pages = "1357--1377",
journal = "Synthese",
issn = "0039-7857",
publisher = "Springer",
number = "3",