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    Scientific realism, the necessity of causal contact in measurement and emergent variables.John W. Cadogan & Nick Lee - forthcoming - European Journal of Marketing.
    Purpose This study aims to correct errors in, and comment on the claims made in the comment papers of Rigdon (2022) and Henseler and Schuberth (2022), and to tidy up any substantive oversights made in Cadogan and Lee (2022). Design/methodology/approach The study discusses and clarifies the gap between Rigdon’s notion of scientific realism and the metaphysical, semantic and epistemological commitments that are broadly agreed to be key principles of scientific realism. The study also examines the ontological status of the variables (...)
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  2. A miracle of measurement or accidental constructivism? How PLS subverts the realist search for truth.John W. Cadogan & Nick Lee - forthcoming - European Journal of Marketing.
    Design/methodology/approach We present the philosophical foundations of scientific realism and constructivism, and examine the extent to which PLS aligns with them. Purpose To determine whether PLS is fit for purpose for scholars holding scientific realist views. Findings PLS does not align with scientific realism but aligns well with constructivism. Research limitations/implications Research is needed to assess PLS’s fit with instrumentalism and pragmatism. Practical Implications PLS has no utility as a realist scientific tool, but may be of interest to constructivists. Originality (...)
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