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Causally Redundant Social Objects: Rejoinder to Elder-Vass

By Tobias Hansson Wahlberg


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

Topics: Filosofi, causal power, critical realism, emergence, mereology, ontological individualism, social structure
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc.
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0048393114521364
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