The metaphysics of groups

Philosophical Studies 149 (2):251-267 (2010)

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Nikk Effingham
University of Birmingham
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If you are a realist about groups there are three main theories of what to identify groups with. I offer reasons for thinking that two of those theories fail to meet important desiderata. The third option is to identify groups with sets, which meets all of the desiderata if only we take care over which sets they are identified with. I then canvass some possible objections to that third theory, and explain how to avoid them
Keywords Metaphysics of social science  Sets  Ontology
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-009-9335-4
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