A Framework of Social Ontology

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The research sets out an organizing framework for the field of social ontology, the study of the of the nature of the social world. Social ontology is also gaining prominence in traditional philosophical discussions. The subject matter of social ontology is clarified, in particular the difference between it and the study of causal relations and the explanation of social phenomena. For any social fact, there are two distinct ontological questions: what is the ground for that fact, why is that fact grounded just the way. Two different inquires are defined and explained: the study of how social categories are “anchored” or “grounded”. The distinction between these inquires is used to clarify prominent programs in social theory, particularly theories of practice and varieties of ontological individualism. Anchoring and grounding are two fundamental aspect to the building of the social world, Correspondingly, social ontology consists of two distinct project - “project of grounding” and “project of anchoring’.

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B. Epstein

Tufts University

Author for correspondence.
Email: brian.epstein@tufts.edu
PhD, Professor of Philosophy Department Miner Hall, 14, 6, Medford, МА02155, USA

Andrey M. Orekhov

RUDN University

Email: orekhovandrey@yandex.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7025-3244

Doctor of Sciences in Philosophy, Associate Professor, Department of Social Philosophy

Moscow, Russia

Sergey V. Moiseev

Email: moisserg@hotmail.com
independent researcher

Alexey Z. Chernyak

RUDN University

Email: chernyak-az@rudn.ru
Cand. Sc. in Philosophy, Associate Professor Moscow, Russia

Alexey V. Antonov

Perm National Research Polytechnic University; RUDN University

Email: akvizit@yandex.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6909-8902

Cand. Sc. in Philosophy, Associate Professor, Perm National Research Polytechnic University; Doctoral Student, RUDN University

Perm, Russia; Moscow, Russia


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