Context-Dependence in Searle’s Impossibility Argument: A Reply to Butchard and D’Amico

Philosophy of the Social Sciences 42 (3):433-444 (2012)
  Copy   BIBTEX


John Searle claims that social-scientific laws are impossible because social phenomena are physically open-ended. William Butchard and Robert D’Amico have recently argued that, by Searle’s own lights, money is a social phenomena that is physically closed. However, Butchard and D’Amico rely on a limited set of data in order to draw this conclusion, and fail to appreciate the implications of Searle’s theory of social ontology with regard to the physical open-endedness of money. Money is not physically open-ended in the strong sense that Butchard and D’Amico require, and their argument for the possibility of social-scientific laws fails as a result



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,813

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

How Not to Save Searle: A Reply to Weber’s Reply.R. D'Amico & W. Butchard - 2012 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 42 (3):445-448.
Social Space and the Ontology of Recognition.Italo Testa - 2011 - In Heikki Ikaheimo & Arto Laitinen (eds.), Recognition and Social Ontology. Leiden: Brill.
Making Social Worlds.Andrius Gališanka - 2012 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 6 (1):115-133.
Self-in-a-vat: On John Searle's ontology of reasons for acting.Laurence Kaufmann - 2005 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 35 (4):447-479.
How to Do Things with Documents.Barry Smith - 2012 - Rivista di Estetica 50:179-198.
Searle and Menger on money.Emma Tieffenbach - 2010 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 40 (2):191-212.
Language and social ontology.John R. Searle - 2008 - In Chrysostomos Mantzavinos (ed.), Theory and Society. Cambridge University Press. pp. 443-459.


Added to PP

39 (#419,191)

6 months
5 (#702,332)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Minds, Brains and Science.John R. Searle - 1984 - Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Minds, Brains and Science.Stephen P. Stich - 1987 - Philosophical Review 96 (1):129.
Intentionalistic explanations in the social sciences.John R. Searle - 1991 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 21 (3):332-344.

View all 6 references / Add more references