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  1. Powers and Capacities in Philosophy: The New Aristotelianism.John Greco & Ruth Groff (eds.) - 2013 - New York: 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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    Philosophy, metaphilosophy and ideology-critique: an interview with Ruth Porter Groff.Ruth Porter Groff & Jamie Morgan - 2022 - Journal of Critical Realism 22 (2):256-292.
    In this interview, Ruth Groff discusses how she came to be a realist, her role as a community organizer, her relationship to critical realism, and various issues arising from her published work over the years. Discussion ranges across the nature of positivism and its legacy, the concept of falsehood, realism about causal powers, mind-independent reality, the history of philosophy, and the underlying interest in ideology-critique that runs through her thinking.
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    Critical Realism, Post-Positivism and the Possibility of Knowledge.Ruth Groff - 2004 - New York: 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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    Conceptualizing causal powers: activity, capacity, essence, necessitation.Ruth Porter Groff - 2021 - Synthese 199 (3-4):9881-9896.
    Talk of powers is muddled. Building upon Powers and capacities in philosophy: The new aristotelianism, Routledge, London, 2012a, pp 207–227), I disambiguate four senses of the term: powers construed as activity, as capacity/potentiality, as essence and as necessity, respectively, in an attempt to clarify what it is that realists about causal powers take themselves to be realists about.
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    Sublating the free will problematic: powers, agency and causal determination.Ruth Groff - 2019 - Synthese 196 (1):179-200.
    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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    Ontology Revisited: Metaphysics in Social and Political Philosophy.Ruth Groff - 2012 - 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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  7. Sublating the Free Will Problematic: Powers, Agency and Causal Determination.Ruth Groff - manuscript
    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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  8. Revitalizing causality: realism about causality in philosophy and social science.Ruth Groff (ed.) - 2008 - New York: 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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    Does critical realism need the concept of three domains of reality? A roundtable.Dave Elder-Vass, Tom Fryer, Ruth Porter Groff, Cristián Navarrete & Tobin Nellhaus - 2023 - Journal of Critical Realism 22 (2):222-239.
    The concept of the three domains of reality is widely used in empirical critical realist research. However, there has been little scrutiny of how the domains are conceptualized and what they contribute to critical realism and how they should be applied in empirical research. This paper involves four arguments. First, Tom Fryer and Cristián Navarrete argue that the three domains of reality are redundant, confusing, and unsupported by Bhaskar’s theorizing. Second, Dave Elder-Vass argues that the three domains schema embodies a (...)
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  10. The Truth of the Matter: Roy Bhaskar’s Critical Realism and the Concept of Alethic Truth.Ruth Groff - 2000 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 30 (3):407-435.
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    Getting Past Hume in the Philosophy of Social Science.Ruth Groff - 2011 - In Phyllis McKay Illari, Federica Russo & Jon Williamson (eds.), Causality in the Sciences. Oxford University Press.
    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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    Causal Mechanisms and the Philosophy of Causation.Ruth Groff - 2017 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 47 (3):286-305.
    Lack of clarity about underlying philosophical commitments leads to lack of clarity at other levels of analysis. Here I show that the literature on so-called “causal mechanisms” is rife with conceptual problems, stemming from insufficient rigor with respect to the metaphysics of causation.
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    Introduction to the Special Issue.Ruth Groff - 2009 - Journal of Critical Realism 8 (3):267-276.
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    Tuukka Kaidesoja on Critical Realist Transcendental Realism.Ruth Groff - 2015 - Journal of Social Ontology 1 (2):341-348.
    I argue that critical realists think pretty much what Tukka Kaidesoja says that he himself thinks, but also that Kaidesoja’s objections to the views that he attributes to critical realists are not persuasive.
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  15. Causal Mechanisms and the Philosophy of Causation.Ruth Groff - manuscript
  16. Introduction : realism about causality.Ruth Groff - 2008 - In Revitalizing Causality: Realism About Causality in Philosophy and Social Science. Routledge.
     
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    Aristotelian Marxism/Marxist Aristotelianism.Ruth Groff - 2012 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 38 (8):775-792.
    I argue that Aristotelians who are sympathetic to the critique of liberal moral categories put forward by Alasdair MacIntyre ought to avail themselves of Marx's analysis of capitalism in Capital, Volume 1. Broadly speaking, there are two reasons for such a recommendation. First, Marx's account shows capitalism to be the sociological substrate for the evisceration of particularity that so concerns MacIntyre and other Aristotelians. I offer an explanation for why MacIntyre seems not to appreciate this. Second, Marx's own thinking is (...)
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    On the Myth of Metaphysical Neutrality: Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize Lecture 2015.Ruth Porter Groff - 2016 - Journal of Critical Realism 15 (4):409-418.
    In this lecture I argue that it is not possible for social scientists or others engaged in making causal claims about the world to be neutral with respect to the question of what causation is. One need not be in possession of a full-blown account, but one must know whether or not, in saying that something is the cause of a given outcome, one intends to say that it has actively produced or generated that outcome. Following Brian Ellis, I refer (...)
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  19. Powers and Capacities: The New Aristotelianism.Ruth Groff & John Greco (eds.) - 2012
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    Subject and object: Frankfurt School writings on epistemology, ontology, and method.Ruth Groff (ed.) - 2014 - New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
    Subject & Object is a thematic collection of classic works by Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, and Herbert Marcuse, designed to foreground the authors' philosophical concerns, especially in the areas of epistemology, ontology, and method. The volume, which includes lucid introductions to all of the selections, illustrates Frankfurt School approaches to questions such as the nature of reason; the limits of empiricism, pragmatism and Kantian transcendental idealism; the case for materialism; the difficulty of thinking counterfactually; and the ideological character of mainstream (...)
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    Taking relativism seriously.Caroline New, John Roberts & Ruth Groff - 2005 - Journal of Critical Realism 4 (1):221-246.
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    Review Symposium: Taking relativism seriously.Caroline New, John Roberts & Ruth Groff - 2005 - Journal of Critical Realism 4 (1):221-246.
  23. What Should a Powers-Based Theory of Free Will be About?Ruth Groff - manuscript
  24. Knowledge After the "Fact": Critical Realism and the Post-Positivist Quagmire.Ruth Groff - 2003 - 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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    Wholes, parts, form and powers: Dave Elder-Vass: The causal power of social structures: Emergence, structure and agency. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 240pp, US $85.00 HB.Ruth Porter Groff - 2011 - 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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    In Defence of Objectivity: On Realism, Existentialism and Politics. By Andrew Collier. [REVIEW]Ruth Groff - 2004 - Journal of Critical Realism 3 (2):378-384.
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    Yes Socrates, G.O.D. Doesn't Have All the Answers. Review of The Philosophy of Social Science: New Perspectives by Garry Potter. [REVIEW]Ruth Groff - 2001 - Journal of Critical Realism 4 (1).
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    Yes Socrates, G.O.D. Doesn't Have All the Answers. [REVIEW]Ruth Groff - 2001 - Journal of Critical Realism 4 (1):53-55.
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