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Contingent realism - abandoning necessity

Williams, Malcolm David ORCID: 2011. Contingent realism - abandoning necessity. Social Epistemology 25 (1) , pp. 37-56. 10.1080/02691728.2010.534566

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In recent years, realism—particularly critical realism—has become an important philosophical and methodological foundation for social science. A key feature is that of natural necessity, but this coexists alongside an acceptance of contingency in the social world. I argue in this paper that there cannot be any natural necessity in the social world, but rather the real nature of the social world is that it is contingent. This need not lead to an abandonment of realism, and indeed I argue that a contingent form of realism allows us to bring ontological probability back into realism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Uncontrolled Keywords: Realism; Contingency; Necessity; Probability
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0269-1728
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:52

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