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dc.contributor.authorHawley, Katherine Jane
dc.identifier.citationHawley , K J 2018 , ' Social science as a guide to social metaphysics? ' , Journal for General Philosophy of Science , vol. 49 , no. 2 , pp. 187-198 .
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dc.descriptionWork on this paper was supported by a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust.en
dc.description.abstractIf we are sympathetic to the project of naturalising metaphysics, how should we approach the metaphysics of the social world? What role can the social sciences play in metaphysical investigation? In the light of these questions, this paper examines three possible approaches to social metaphysics: inference to the best explanation from current social science, conceptual analysis, and Haslanger-inspired ameliorative projects.
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dc.rightsCopyright The Author(s) 2018. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.en
dc.subjectSocial scienceen
dc.subjectSocial ontologyen
dc.subjectSocial metaphysicsen
dc.subjectScientific realismen
dc.subjectConceptual analysisen
dc.subjectH Social Sciences (General)en
dc.subjectB Philosophy (General)en
dc.titleSocial science as a guide to social metaphysics?en
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorThe Leverhulme Trusten
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Philosophyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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