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    Ruth Groff (2004). Critical Realism, Post-Positivism, and the Possibility of Knowledge. Routledge.
    At the heart of contemporary relativism, is the idea that the world has no mind-independent characteristics. As there is no way that the world is on its own, any opinions held may be regarded as valid. Critical realism is a promising alternative to such a position. Critical realism allows for the conclusion that certain processes lead to specific outcomes regardless of how we think about them, which in turn places a limited but crucial check on relativism. Groff defends "realism about (...)
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    Ruth Groff & John Greco (eds.) (2012). Powers and Capacities in Philosophy: The New Aristotelianism. Routledge.
    The book will be of interest to philosophers working in any of these areas, as well as to historians of philosophy, political theorists and critical realists.
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    Ruth Groff (forthcoming). Sublating the Free Will Problematic: Powers, Agency and Causal Determination. Synthese:1-22.
    I argue that realism about causal powers sublates the passivist, Humean-inflected free will problematic. In the first part of the paper I show that adopting what I call ‘powers-non-determinism’ reconfigures the conceptual terrain with respect to the causation component of the contemporary problematic. In part two I show how adopting ‘powers-non-determinism’ significantly alters the nature of the discussion with respect to the agency component of the problematic. In part three I compare ‘powers-non-determinism’ to an otherwise- Humean agent causal position.
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  4. Ruth Groff, Sublating the Free Will Problematic: Powers, Agency and Causal Determination.
    I argue that a powers-based metaphysics radically reconfigures the existing free will problematic. This is different from claiming that such an approach solves the ill-conceived problems that emerge from Humean-Kantian default commitments.
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    Ruth Groff, Causal Mechanisms and the Philosophy of Causation.
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    Ruth Groff (ed.) (2008). Revitalizing Causality: Realism About Causality in Philosophy and Social Science. Routledge.
    This cutting edge collection of new and previously published articles by philosophers and social scientists addresses just what it means to invoke causal ...
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    Ruth Groff (2000). The Truth of the Matter: Roy Bhaskar's Critical Realism and the Concept of Alethic Truth. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 30 (3):407-435.
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    Ruth Groff (2009). Introduction to the Special Issue. Journal of Critical Realism 8 (3):267-276.
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    Ruth Groff (2012). Wholes, Parts, Form and Powers. Metascience 21 (2):399-402.
    Wholes, parts, form and powers Content Type Journal Article Category Book Review Pages 1-4 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9585-6 Authors Ruth Porter Groff, Department of Political Science, Saint Louis University, 3750 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108-3412, USA Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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    Ruth Groff, What Should a Powers-Based Theory of Free Will Be About?
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    Caroline New, John Roberts & Ruth Groff (2005). Taking Relativism Seriously. Journal of Critical Realism 4 (1):221-246.
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    Ruth Groff (2011). Getting Past Hume in the Philosophy of Social Science. In Phyllis McKay Illari, Federica Russo & Jon Williamson (eds.), Causality in the Sciences. OUP Oxford
    A realist, powers‐based metaphysics is very much on the table in contemporary metaphysics, and is beginning to take hold in philosophy of mind and philosophy of science. On this picture, causality is (roughly) a matter of the powers that things have to effect change(s) in other things. The realist view is at odds with every version of Humeanism, according to all of which causation is not, in the end, about the exercise of powers, but rather, in one way or another, (...)
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  13. Ruth Groff (2008). Introduction : Realism About Causality. In Revitalizing Causality: Realism About Causality in Philosophy and Social Science. Routledge
     
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    Caroline New, John Roberts & Ruth Groff (2005). Taking Relativism Seriously. Journal of Critical Realism 4 (1):221-246.
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    Ruth Groff (2007). Yes Socrates, G.O.D. Doesn't Have All the Answers. Review of The Philosophy of Social Science: New Perspectives by Garry Potter. [REVIEW] Journal of Critical Realism 4 (1).
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    Ruth Groff (2012). Aristotelian Marxism/Marxist Aristotelianism: MacIntyre, Marx and the Analysis of Abstraction. Philosophy and Social Criticism 38 (8):775-792.
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    Ruth Groff (2004). Review of In Defence of Objectivity: On Realism, Existentialism and Politics by Andrew Collier. [REVIEW] Journal of Critical Realism 3 (2):378-384.
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    Caroline New, John Roberts & Ruth Groff (2005). Review Symposium: Taking Relativism Seriously. Journal of Critical Realism 4 (1):221-246.
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  19. John Greco & Ruth Groff (eds.) (2012). Powers and Capacities in Philosophy: The New Aristotelianism. Routledge.
    "Powers and Capacities in Philosophy" is designed to stake out an emerging, discipline-spanning neo-Aristotelian framework grounded in realism about causal powers. The volume brings together for the first time original essays by leading philosophers working on powers in relation to metaphysics, philosophy of natural and social science, philosophy of mind and action, epistemology, ethics and social and political philosophy. In each area, the concern is to show how a commitment to real causal powers affects discussion at the level in question. (...)
     
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  20. Ruth Groff (2004). Critical Realism, Post-Positivism and the Possibility of Knowledge. Routledge.
    Groff defends 'realism about causality' through close discussions of Kant, Hilary Putnam, Brian Ellis and Charles Taylor, among others. In so doing she affirms critical realism, but with several important qualifications. In particular, she rejects the theory of truth advanced by Roy Bhaskar. She also attempts to both clarify and correct earlier critical realist attempts to apply realism about causality to the social sciences. By connecting issues in metaphysics and philosophy of science to the problem of relativism, Groff bridges the (...)
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  21. Ruth Groff (2007). Critical Realism, Post-Positivism and the Possibility of Knowledge. Routledge.
    Groff defends 'realism about causality' through close discussions of Kant, Hilary Putnam, Brian Ellis and Charles Taylor, among others. In so doing she affirms critical realism, but with several important qualifications. In particular, she rejects the theory of truth advanced by Roy Bhaskar. She also attempts to both clarify and correct earlier critical realist attempts to apply realism about causality to the social sciences. By connecting issues in metaphysics and philosophy of science to the problem of relativism, Groff bridges the (...)
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  22. Ruth Groff (2003). Knowledge After the "Fact": Critical Realism and the Post-Positivist Quagmire. Dissertation, York University (Canada)
    The following is an assessment of critical realism, a philosophy of science advanced in the mid-1970s to mid-1980s by Roy Bhaskar. My contention is that critical realism points toward a way out of the post-positivist intellectual morass in which we currently find ourselves. ;I identify two challenges posed by proponents of what I refer to as post-positivist perspectivism: epistemic relativism and the anti-realism that relativism presupposes. I take these challenges to have political implications, in that both undermine our capacity to (...)
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    Ruth Groff (2012). Ontology Revisited: Metaphysics in Social and Political Philosophy. Routledge.
    Ontology. Revisited. Groff's argument cuts against a familiar anti-metaphysical grain. Social and political philosophy, she maintains, is not as metaphysically neutral as it may seem. Even the most deontological of theories connects up with a ...
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