Social Kinds: Historical and Multi-Functional
I would like to invite you for a Seminar with Francesco Guala from University of Milan (14th June, Tuesday). He is invited by the Jagiellonian Center for Law, Language and Philosophy. The talk is part of Krakow Seminars in Law Language and Philosophy. https://pjf.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/start
Francesco Guala is a Philosopher and Experimental Economist. He is recently interested in social institutions, but his broad interests concern methodology of social sciences. His book “Understnding Institutions” is a key point of reference in the debate about foundations of social and legal institution within social ontology. He is also known for his “The methodology of experimental economics”.
He will deliver a speech “Social Kinds: Historical and Multi-Functional”. If someone is interested in reading in advance his draft of a paper concerning the topic, please write to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Can social scientists formulate theories that hold across historical lineages or traditions? If social kinds are historical kinds, as Millikan and others have argued, the answer must be 'no'. But social scientists do make general, a-historical theoretical claims. The notion of multi-functional kind is introduced to account for this practice. Multi-functional kinds are neither eternal nor purely historical, support non-trivial inductive generalisations, and allow to overcome scepticism about the inductive potential of multiply realised (functional) properties. Two examples, from monetary economics and anthropology, provide support for a pluralistic ontology of the social world.
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