Causally Redundant Social Objects: Rejoinder to Elder-Vass

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Causally Redundant Social Objects: Rejoinder to Elder-Vass. / Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias.

In: Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Vol. 44, No. 6, 2014, p. 798-809.

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T1 - Causally Redundant Social Objects: Rejoinder to Elder-Vass

AU - Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - In Elder-Vass’s response to my (2014) it is maintained: (1) that a social object is not identical with but is merely composed of its suitably interrelated parts; (2) that a social object is necessarily indistinguishable in terms of its causal capacities from its interrelated parts; and (3) that ontological individualism lacks an adequate ontological justification (Elder-Vass forthcoming). In this reply, I argue that in view of (1) the so-called redescription principle defended by Elder-Vass ought to be reformulated and renamed; that the conjunction of (1) and (2) renders social objects causally redundant; and that ontological individualism can be coherently formulated and theoretically justified within Elder-Vass’s own metaphysics of objects with causal powers.

AB - In Elder-Vass’s response to my (2014) it is maintained: (1) that a social object is not identical with but is merely composed of its suitably interrelated parts; (2) that a social object is necessarily indistinguishable in terms of its causal capacities from its interrelated parts; and (3) that ontological individualism lacks an adequate ontological justification (Elder-Vass forthcoming). In this reply, I argue that in view of (1) the so-called redescription principle defended by Elder-Vass ought to be reformulated and renamed; that the conjunction of (1) and (2) renders social objects causally redundant; and that ontological individualism can be coherently formulated and theoretically justified within Elder-Vass’s own metaphysics of objects with causal powers.

KW - causal power

KW - critical realism

KW - emergence

KW - mereology

KW - ontological individualism

KW - social structure

U2 - 10.1177/0048393114521364

DO - 10.1177/0048393114521364

M3 - Article

VL - 44

SP - 798

EP - 809

JO - Philosophy of the Social Sciences

JF - Philosophy of the Social Sciences

SN - 0048-3931

IS - 6

ER -