Causal Powers and Social Ontology

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Causal Powers and Social Ontology. / Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias.

In: Synthese, Vol. 197, No. 3, 2020, p. 1357-1377.

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Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias. / Causal Powers and Social Ontology. In: Synthese. 2020 ; Vol. 197, No. 3. pp. 1357-1377.

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T1 - Causal Powers and Social Ontology

AU - Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias

PY - 2020

Y1 - 2020

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Causal powers

KW - Causation

KW - Critical realism

KW - Deontic powers

KW - Dispositions

KW - Emergence

KW - Extrinsic

KW - Intrinsic

KW - Social ontology

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85044378846&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s11229-018-1763-2

DO - 10.1007/s11229-018-1763-2

M3 - Article

VL - 197

SP - 1357

EP - 1377

JO - Synthese

JF - Synthese

SN - 0039-7857

IS - 3

ER -