Social science as a guide to social metaphysics?

Katherine Jane Hawley

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If 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-198
Number of pages12
JournalJournal for General Philosophy of Science
Issue number2
Early online date5 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


  • Social science
  • Social ontology
  • Social metaphysics
  • Scientific realism
  • Conceptual analysis
  • Ameliorative


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