Author Archives: rgroff2013

Metaphysics (Mostly) & Critical Social Science

Here is draft of a lengthy interview, headed for publication in a volume edited by Tim Rutzou and Phil Gorski.  Discussion welcome!   There are some typos and whatnot.  I’ll update the link as I fix things.  Interview for Rutzou & … Continue reading

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Critical Social Ontology Workshop (2017) – Program

Here is the program for the 1st Annual Meeting of the Critical Social Ontology Workshop! CSOW, 2017 – Program  

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“The Devil is in the Categories – Metaphysics & Political Thought”

It matters for your social/political theorizing what your basic ontological assumptions are.   Short talk for a conference panel.  Panel is “Critical Theory, Loosely Construed.” SPSA 2017 – The Devil is in the Categories

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Critical Social Ontology Workshop – 1st annual meeting, cfp

Click on the link below for the cfp for the 1st annual meeting of the Critical Social Ontology Workshop (and a little bit about the initiative), June 16-17, 2017, Saint Louis, MO.  Please share widely! The Critical Social Ontology Workshop … Continue reading

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On Social Ontology – Capitalism, Racism, Patriarchy

Here’s a link to a talk that I just gave on the metaphysics of capital/capitalism.   Also some discussion of white supremacy and patriarchy. the-fetishism-of-commodities-and-the-metaphysical-secret-thereof-2  

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Substances, powers & necessitation

Some preliminary thoughts about substances and metaphysical necessitation, by way of Harre & Madden. Okay, the following is a view (as they say): “The relationship between causes and the effects that they bring about is one of metaphysical necessity, not … Continue reading

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Synthese, On-Line First — “Sublating the Free Will Problematic: Powers, Agency & Causal Determination”

Here is the PDF.  Hopefully Synthese will fix the link that they sent me, which is not presently working.  Also, there is a sentence about Alexander Bird that ends “… identities (or natures).”  It is supposed to end with “essentially.”  … Continue reading

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