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  1. A Method for Social Ontology: Iterating Ontology and Social Research.Dave Elder-Vass - 2007 - Journal of Critical Realism 6 (2):226-249.
    How should critical realism affect the practice of social science? This paper responds to this and related questions by suggesting some methodological implications of the realist theory of emergence. Given that critical realism understands causation as the interaction of emergent causal powers, and that the theory of emergence describes the type of structural relations that underpins such powers, we can practise social ontology by seeking to identify these structural relations in the social domain. Such methods, however, cannot stand or fall (...)
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  • The Possibility of Naturalism: A Philosophical Critique of the Contemporary Human Sciences.G. N. Cantor - 1979 - Philosophical Quarterly 32 (128):280-281.
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  • A Realist Theory of Science.K. Sundaram - 1976 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 37 (2):282-283.
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  • Reconsidering Difference: Nancy, Derrida, Levinas, and Deleuze.Mark Norris Lance - 2000 - Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 60 (3):721-723.
  • DeLanda’s Ontology: Assemblage and Realism. [REVIEW]Graham Harman - 2008 - Continental Philosophy Review 41 (3):367-383.
    Manuel DeLanda is one of the few admitted realists in present-day continental philosophy, a position he claims to draw from Deleuze. DeLanda conceives of the world as made up of countless layers of assemblages, irreducible to their parts and never dissolved into larger organic wholes. This article supports DeLanda’s position as a refreshing new model for continental thought. It also criticizes his movement away from singular individuals toward disembodied attractors and topological structures lying outside all specific beings. While endorsing DeLanda’s (...)
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  • The Construction of Social Reality.John R. Searle - 1995 - Philosophy 71 (276):313-315.
     
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  • Odious Comparisons: Incommensurability, the Case Study, and “Small N's” in Sociology.George Steinmetz - 2004 - Sociological Theory 22 (3):371-400.
    Case studies and "small-N comparisons" have been attacked from two directions, positivist and incommensurabilist. At the same time, some authors have defended small-N comparisons as allowing qualitative researchers to attain a degree of scientificity, yet they also have rejected the case study as merely "idiographic. " Practitioners of the case study sometimes agree with these critics, disavowing all claims to scientificity. A related set of disagreements concerns the role and nature of social theory in sociology, which sometimes is described as (...)
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  • Formation Stories and Causality in Sociology.Daniel Hirschman & Isaac Ariail Reed - 2014 - Sociological Theory 32 (4):259-282.
    Sociologists have long been interested in understanding the emergence of new social kinds. We argue that sociologists’ formation stories have been mischaracterized as noncausal, descriptive, or interpretive. Traditional “forcing-cause” accounts describe regularized relations between fixed entities with specific properties. The three dominant approaches to causality—variable causality, treatments and manipulations, and mechanisms—all refer to forcing causes. But formation stories do not fit the forcing-causes framework because accounts of formation violate the assumptions that ground forcing-cause accounts and instead emphasize eventfulness, assemblage, and (...)
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  • Finding Bhaskar in All the Wrong Places? Causation, Process, and Structure in Bhaskar and Deleuze.Timothy Rutzou - 2017 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 47 (4):402-417.
    This article examines the reception of Roy Bhaskar amongst some contemporary Deleuzians. It proceeds by rejecting the all too often predilection of opposing realism to ‘postmodernism’ or ‘post-structuralism’ arguing instead for the need to bring one into dialogue with the other. To this end, the paper explores the resonances and points of departure between the work of Gilles Deleuze and Roy Bhaskar. In particular, it examines the language of causation, object-oriented versus process-oriented ontologies, as well as the charge by Deleuzians (...)
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  • Disassembling Actor-Network Theory.Dave Elder-Vass - 2015 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 45 (1):100-121.
    One of the strikingly iconoclastic features of actor-network theory is its juxtaposition of the claim to be a realist perspective with denials that supposedly natural phenomena existed before scientists “made them up.” This paper explains and criticizes such arguments in the work of Bruno Latour. By combining referent and reference in the concept of assemblages, Latour provides a superficially viable way to reconcile these apparently incompatible claims. This paper will argue, however, that this conflation of referent and reference leads Latour’s (...)
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  • Karl Marx: Selected Writings.Karl Marx & David Mclellan - 1978 - Science and Society 42 (4):491-494.
    This edition of McLellan's comprehensive selection of Marx's writings includes carefully selected extracts from the whole range of Marx's most important pieces alongside a fully revised and updated bibliography and editorial commentary on each document. New editorial introductions to each section of the book provide the reader with the background and context of Marx's writing in each period. Essential reading for anyone wishing for a detailed overview of Marx's political philosophy.
     
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  • Emergence, Causality and Realism.Manuel DeLanda - 2011 - In Levi R. Bryant, Nick Srnicek & Graham Harman (eds.), The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism. re.press.
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