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Contingent or necessary? A response to Stephen Norrie

Williams, Malcolm David ORCID: 2011. Contingent or necessary? A response to Stephen Norrie. Social Epistemology 25 (2) , pp. 167-172. 10.1080/02691728.2011.552129

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Stephen Norrie’s response to my original paper is a defence of Bhaskar’s realism contra my appeal for a more contingent form of realism that abandons necessity. In this reply I counter a number of misunderstandings of my position on Norrie’s part, but conclude that on matters of emergence and mechanism our views are similar and the most important difference is between Norrie’s micro‐level determinism and my position of ontological contingency.

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: Critical Realism, Anti‐naturalism, Bhaskar
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0269-1728
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:52

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