Category Archives: Metaphysics & social theory

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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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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Emergence, Part 2 (of 3)

In what was going to be Part 2 but will now be Part 3, I was (and still am) going to say a few things about how I think of emergence, in keeping with what I said in Part 1. … Continue reading

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Social Structures as Causes

This is a memo for an upcoming working conference on social ontology from a powers-based perspective.  We were charged with setting out something that vexes us, that we are trying to sort out.  All thoughts welcome!  Sorry about the formatting … Continue reading

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“Why Can’t I be Neutral About What Causation Is?”

Here’s the plenary talk (“On the Myth of Metaphysical Neutrality”) that I gave last week at the annual Critical Realism conference.  The talk was connected to Ontology Revisted: Metaphysics in Social and Political Philosohy (Routledge, 2012) having won the Cheryl … Continue reading

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