Others are defended implicitly or are implied by explicitly defended views. Therefore, thesis that we determine which properties are essential to social kinds like money by the way in which we use social kind terms or concepts—even when regimented by Einheuser’s two-dimensional framework—is false. In philosophy of science, anti-realism applies chiefly to claims about the non-reality of "unobservable" entities such as electrons or genes, which are not detectable with human senses. On Ásta’s view, if those with standing (e.g., social influence or power) in C perceive that S has the property of identifying as a woman, then the property of being a woman is conferred on S in C. If some social kinds are conferred property kinds, then MD3 accomplishes the Dependence Task. Second, instead of varying the properties instantiated at some possible world, w, we can hold those properties fixed, and vary the way in which words, and the concepts they express, are applied to the properties instantiated at w (Burge 1979, Einheuser 2006). Against Social Kind Anti-Realism. 10According to Thomasson (2003a) and Khalidi (2015), only some social kinds depend on our mental states in this way. Searle, J. 186–305. All else being equal, it would be better to criticize a view that is formulated in a clear and precise way. A response-dependent property, F, is a particular kind of dispositional property: F is the property of being disposed to produce a certain psychological response (cognitive or affective) in the relevant creatures under certain conditions (i.e., the conditions under which the dispositional property is manifested).26. Wright, C. 1992. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Social Construction: Big-G Grounding, Small-g Realization. 37–80. pp. To the contrary, the foregoing arguments should lead us to be suspicious of the idea that social kinds are unreal because they depend on our mental states.27. 3–17. Rather, they maintain that physical, chemical, biological, and even psychological kinds are real, but deny that social kinds have the same status. MD2 expresses a conventionalist view of social kinds. European Review of Philosophy, 3(31): 31–54. Philosophical Studies, 175(1): 241–260. The essential properties of money do not vary in accordance with our conceptual practices. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-008-9230-4, Ásta. No Work for a Theory of Grounding. The essential properties of an individual are what it is to be that very individual, as opposed to some other individual. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9147-2_2, Thomasson, A. What Is Individualism in Social Ontology? DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/2026694, Cooper, R. 2004. Both of these remarks have an essentialist flavor. Other articles where Antirealism is discussed: philosophy of religion: Realism and antirealism: A renewed concern of philosophers of religion in the late 20th and early 21st centuries was to determine the sense in which religious claims may be said to be true. 2006. Philosophers’ Imprint, 1(1): 1–30. This anti-realistic attitude originated in the epistemological scepticism of the early 20th century which was even radicalized by the advent of the »linguistic turn«, constructivism, postmodernism, and poststructuralism. 16See Trogdon 2013, Raven 2015, and Bliss and Trogdon 2016 for overviews of some of these debates. However, the fact that some properties are identical to dispositions to produce a psychological response does not obviously diminish their reality in any way (Rosen 1994, Egan 2006). Realism definition, interest in or concern for the actual or real, as distinguished from the abstract, speculative, etc. On her view, social kinds do not have their boundaries independently of our beliefs about where those boundaries are located because our mental states ‘play a stipulative role in constituting’ their nature (2003b: 590). DOI: https://doi.org/10.5840/philtopics19952324, Haslanger, S. 2012. Michael Dummett's contributions to this literature have been as influential as any. Thus, MD1 does not accomplish the Dependence Task. Ásta takes her cue from Euthyphro: if an action is pious because it is loved by the gods, then being pious is a conferred property (Ásta 2008). The Facts of the Social Sciences. With respect to each relation, I argue that either it fails to accomplish the Dependence Task, or it fails to accomplish the Anti-Realist Task. However, it is merely meant to illustrate the point that normally, when evaluating metaphysical possibility, we make our judgments on the basis of our actual conceptual practices. Anti-realism is the view that the world is mind-dependent, and so derives many, perhaps all, of its features because of how it is perceived. Siding with Euthyphro: Response-Dependence and Conferred Properties. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 67(3): 580–609. On the assumption that the way in which we actually apply our concepts is such that we judge that a liquid is water if and only if it is H2O, water is necessarily H2O. Guala argues that MD1 is false, whereas I argue that MD1 is not a genuine dependence relation. Rather, the main targets of my critique are those philosophers who maintain that a social kind, K, exists but is not real. Tuomela, R. 2007. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5840/protosociology200318/199, Thomasson, A. Second, the question of whether there are distinctions between different kinds of social kinds is orthogonal to the question of whether social kind anti-realism is well founded. ), Blackness Visible. Literary realism, in particular, introduced a new way of writing and a new generation of authors whose influence can still be seen in American literature and English literature to this day. Successful thought amounts to the detection of something real, as opposed to a projection onto the real of our own peculiar or subjective perspective…” And so on down the list of familiar words and pictures. “Against Social Kind Anti-realism”. However, MD2 does not accomplish the dependence task: we cannot determine the essential properties of any kind, whether or not it is social. Metaphysics. On What Grounds What. When evaluating this modal claim, sometimes we envision a possible world, w, in which the clear, potable liquid that fills the lakes and rivers, and falls from the sky, has the chemical composition XYZ, rather than H2O. How Many Kinds of Glue Hold the Social World Together? The essence of X is what X is, or what it is to be X. Essences come in two varieties: individual and general. Inquiry, 57(5–6): 535–579. 2006. Latest Financial Press Releases and Reports, Making Sense of Illustrated Handwritten Archives, Terms and Conditions  |  Privacy Statement  |  Accessibility. 8According to Amie Thomasson, the claim that some kind, K, is not real is not equivalent to the claim that K does not exist. When all goes well, inquiry into the disputed area discovers what is already there, rather than constituting or constructing its object. You’re looking at a computer screen. ), Causal Cognition: A Multidisciplinary Debate. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Thanks to an anonymous referee for making this connection to Ásta’s anti-realist account of essentiality. One prominent use of the term ‘real’ is to distinguish between existent and non-existent entities: real entities exist, unreal entities do not. 3, no. Ontology and Social Construction. Different versions of the collective acceptance view have been defended by John Searle (1995, 2010), Amie Thomasson (2003a, 2003b), Raimo Tuomela (2007, 2013), and, less explicitly, by Muhammad Ali Khalidi (2015).10 According to the collective acceptance view, a social kind, K, depends on our mental states in the sense that K is instantiated only if some Xs satisfy some collectively accepted conditions, C, for being K. On this view, if some Xs satisfy C, then the Xs are K. Though Searle is the most well-known proponent of the collective acceptance view, I will focus on Amie Thomasson’s formulation of the view because it has the virtue of being both clear and concise: (MD1) A kind, K, is mind-dependent =df An entity, x, is K only if we collectively accept that some conditions, c1…cn, suffice for being K.11. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 97(2): 393–409. This is what Francesco Guala calls the ‘difference thesis’ (2014). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9147-2_4, Epstein, B. Hilary Putnam's "internal realism" Scientist should put the theory on trial by falsification. ), Rethinking the Individualism-Holism Debate. When: in a trans-inclusive subculture, C. Base property: the property of identifying as a woman. The Realism vs. Anti-Realism Debate The mid-1980's saw a transformation of the debate over "scientific rationality" which had been unleashed by Kuhn's perceived challenge to the traditional claim that scientific belief is determined by evidence and reasoning. Thus, each world, w, is represented by substratum-carving pair . Secondary Qualities and Self-Location. In: Gallott, M and Michael, J (eds. 41–66. 25Moreover, if, as I suspect, Searle’s distinction between ontologically subjective and ontologically objective features of the world simply corresponds to the distinction between mind-dependent and mind-independent features, then the claim that conferred property kinds are ontologically subjective is equivalent to the claim that those kinds are mind-dependent and does not offer any independent reason for thinking that such kinds are unreal. Einheuser argues that modal claims are evaluated along both of these dimensions. Interactive Kinds. 2016. The Categories We Live By. Second, in the idiom of grounding, social kind anti-realism is the thesis that social kinds are not real because they are grounded in our mental states. Realism revolted against the exotic subject matter and exaggerated emotionalism and drama typical of the Romantic movement. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axp042, Khalidi, MA. However, MD2 says something much stronger than this. His performance methods, known now as “method acting” or “Stanislavski’s system”, relied heavily on emotional memory and becoming the character. Thomasson says this quite explicitly: ‘On this understanding, denying a relative ontological realist thesis regarding things of kind K should not automatically be equated with denying that there are entities of kind K, or else we could not distinguish, e.g., conceptualism or constructivism from eliminativism’ (2003b, 582 fn. Dordrecht: Springer. 2014. In sections 4 and 5, I consider the proposal that social kinds depend on our mental states in the sense that we determine which properties are essential to them. However, this is not a substantive metaphysical disagreement; it is a terminological one. Burge, T. 1979. Consequently, K1 ≠ K2. In other words, my argument against social kind anti-realism is not intended to support social kind realism. Likewise, Khalidi (2015) distinguishes between three kinds of social kinds. And Amie Thomasson argues that many social kinds are not real because they exist and have their nature in virtue of our thoughts about them (Thomasson 2003b).3 Call this view social kind anti-realism: Social kinds are not real because they are mind-dependent.4, In what follows, I argue that social kind anti-realism is not well founded.5. For example, the general essence of water specifies what it is to be water, as opposed to gold or tigers. First, when evaluating modal claims we sometimes hold our linguistic and conceptual conventions fixed and consider possible worlds that differ from the actual world with respect to which properties are instantiated. By contrast, in world w′, when c′ is applied to s@, the properties of being a commonly-used medium of exchange is not essential to money. 2018b. According to Guala, the conditions c1…cn that we collectively accept as sufficient for being money are coordination devices which facilitate the requisite cooperative behavior which is necessary and sufficient for the existence of money. Indeed, the truth of Fine’s claim is compatible with the falsity of social kind anti-realism. pp. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0048393115613494, Fine, K. 1994. Metaphysics, 3(1), pp.55–67. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 63(1): 139–174. Several of the essays collected in Haslanger (2012), as well as Guala (2014), Khalidi (2010, 2013, 2015, 2016); Mallon (2003, 2016); and Root (2000) defend the thesis that social kinds are mind-dependent, but not that they are unreal. 2012. The arguments in this paper provide further reasons to support Khalidi’s conclusion. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 40(2): 244–264. Rather, these kinds are mind-dependent in the sense that they exist only if certain other mental states exist. Hayek claims that social kinds are not defined by “real properties” because social kinds “are what people think they are” (Hayek 1943: 3). Thus, whether anything is money depends on there being certain social conventions. But the existence of d does not depend on the set which contains d alone—to the contrary, the existence of the set depends on the existence of the dollar bill (Fine 1995). In: Schnieder, B, Hoeltje, M and Steinberg, A (eds. The basis behind realism is the acceptance that non-observable phenomena actually exist. Social Construction and Grounding. Finally, in section 6, I consider Ásta’s suggestion that social kinds are mind-dependent in the sense that they are defined by conferred properties, i.e., properties that are instantiated in virtue of subjects’ attitudes toward the entities that instantiate them (2008, 2013, 2018). Although I agree that social kinds depend on our conventions in some way, I do not think that MD2 correctly identifies the sense in which social kinds are conventional. Why Hacking is Wrong about Human Kinds. ), Socializing Metaphysics: The Nature of Social Reality. In the early 20th century, a huge realism movement emerged under Konstantin Stanislavski. Though it is tempting to regard conferred properties, and conferred property kinds, as metaphysically second rate, this is not yet a reason to believe that they are unreal. 5). In other words, MD2 does not accomplish the Dependence Task. Thus, and in accordance with MD2, which properties are essential to money co-vary with our conceptual practices. Munich: Philosophia Verlag. 2010. Koslicki, K. 2013. Objectivity and Modern Idealism: What is the question? But social kinds may be unreal (in some sense) for different reasons. The responses to this question took two broad forms. Given that MD1 does not accomplish the Dependence Task and given that MD1-G does not accomplish the Anti-Realist Task, the essentialist interpretation of mind-dependence implicit in Thomasson’s argument for the collective acceptance view is worth exploring. The poet and writer Heinrich Heine tried in his books to accept the world as it is instead of trying to escape from it. For example, according to MD2, the social kind money is mind-dependent because we determine which properties are essential to being money. But What Are You Really? DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313390.001.0001, Tuomela, R. 2013. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524021.003.0012, Haslanger, S. 1995. To the contrary, social kind anti-realists typically accept that many nonfundamental kinds (e.g., atoms, potassium, tigers) are real. 20I use quotation marks for words (e.g., the word ‘money’) and capital letters for concepts (e.g., the concept of money is MONEY). These facts obtain anyway, regardless of what we may think. New York: Routledge. A relation can accomplish the Anti-Realist Task only if it accomplishes the Dependence Task. ), Metaphysical Grounding Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-1008-2_17, Rosen, G. 2010. First, as I argue in section 2.2, social kind anti-realists typically do not (and need not) accept the claim that grounded entities are unreal. Rather, some other property, say, the property of being yellow, is essential to being money. In the actual world, w@, we have the concept MONEY1, which refers to K1. The term was coined as an argument against a form of realism Dummett saw as 'colorless reductionism'. Given this two-dimensional framework, MD2 can be understood as follows. Metaphysics 3, no. Realism and Response-Dependence. The realism art movement of the nineteenth century was a dramatic shift from the exotic and poetic Romanticism that dominated the art world in the decades prior. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Rather, we determine which social kinds there are by imposing our concepts onto a world that is otherwise indifferent to our conceptual scheme. 2020;3(1):55–67. 2003a. On this use of the term ‘real,’ if our assertions about some entities are not in the business of being true or false, then those entities are not real. Here is how the remainder of the paper will proceed. Against Social Kind Anti-Realism. I will argue that social kinds are not conventional in this sense. Thanks to an anonymous referee for identifying this connection between Ásta’s and Einheuser’s frameworks. On this more ‘robust’ understanding of realism, a kind, K, is real when it has its boundaries ‘independently of how our concepts and representations might happen to divide things up, in particular, independently of what we believe about the conditions relevant to drawing those boundaries’ (2003b: 582). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755678.001.0001. However, like the whole of the social world, the vast majority of the natural world is not metaphysically fundamental either. Thus, even if conferred-properties are response-dependent, this does not provide us with any reason to doubt the reality of conferred properties or the corresponding kinds. 4). Ian Hacking (1999, p. To demonstrate that this is the case, I consider three prominent ways of characterizing the realism/anti-realism distinction. However, by hypothesis, these properties are not essential to kind K2. Anti-realism is defined in disagreement with realism; it is any position that is comprised of either the renunciation of an unprejudiced reality or the renunciation that verification-hypothetical assertions are false or true. Interestingly, quantum physicists believe that the Large Hadron Collider will create micro-black holes, so the boundary between realism a… Journal of Social Ontology, 2(2): 223–246. 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Therefore, the essential properties of social kinds are not determined by linguistic or conceptual conventions. I am very sympathetic with this claim. Social kind anti-realists must also show that being mind-dependent in the relevant sense makes social kinds unreal.6, The structure of my argument against social kinds anti-realism will proceed as follows. A Framework for Social Ontology. I argue that even if this relation can accomplish the Dependence Task, it fails to accomplish the Anti-Realist Task.9. That is, they must identify a dependence relation that obtains between social kinds and our mental states. I think not. In Defence of Ground. Ontological Individualism vs. Anchor Individualism. I argued that each proposal fails to accomplish the Dependence Task. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0020174X.2014.907542. These two philosophical discussions have opposing opinions on how different annotations generated in science are practical to the world. The Meaning of ‘Meaning’. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 95: 269–290. ), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter). Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 4(1): 73–122. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/met.30. Schaffer, J. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/phpr.12020, Khalidi, MA. Typical examples of grounding include the relationship that holds between a conjunction and its conjuncts, and the relationship that holds between a truth and its truthmakers.15. For example, the nature and content of the relevant mental states does not make a difference. Protosociology, 18/19: 269–440. (1992: 1). Truth and Objectivity. In section 3, I consider two ways of analyzing the way in which social kinds are supposed to depend on our mental states: a modal-existential relation and a ground-theoretic relation. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00048402.2011.616900, Raven, MJ. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5840/jphil20121091232. Second, they must show that social kinds are not real because of the dependence relation that obtains between them and our mental states. 26Many discussions of response-dependence concern response-dependent concepts, see Johnston (1989), Pettit (1991), Wedgwood (1997), and Wright (1992). On her view, an individual is a woman in a context, C, because we perceive her to be a woman in that context.24 Specifically, the property of being a woman is conferred on a subject, S, if S is perceived to have some other property, which Ásta calls the base property (in her earlier work, these properties were called “grounding properties”). Though these descriptions are certainly evocative, they do not add up to a clear definition of the way in which social kinds are supposed to be unreal. Mallon, R. 2003. However, it does not follow that my belief that Sacramento is the capital of California is not real.18 Thus, revising the collective acceptance view by appeal to the notion of ground does not support social kind anti-realism. In: Sperber, D, Premack, D and Premack, AJ (eds. For example, it is not the case that racism and recessions exist only if we have thoughts about racism and recessions. Mason, R., 2020. 2013. Following Ásta, we may call properties such as the property of being a permanent resident conferred properties. Whereas ontologically objective features are supposed to be features of the world ‘as it is in itself,’ ontologically subjective features are features as the world ‘as it is for us.’ On this view, conferred properties and conferred property kinds are ontologically subjective. Dispositional Theories of Value. 9One species of mind-dependence that I will not consider is causal mind-dependence. Kinds are individuated by their essential properties.21 Suppose that a kind, K, is essentially F. If K is essentially F, then any kind that is not F is not K. It follows that K is necessarily F. If K is necessarily F, then we have no control over whether K is F, for we have no control over which properties K has necessarily. “Against Social Kind Anti-realism”. In that case, MD2 does not support social kind anti-realism. Social Ontology and the Philosophy of Society. The debate begins with modern science. Thomasson argues that the way in which social kinds like money depend on our mental states means that their boundaries are not independent of our concepts and representations in this way. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 90(1): 96–112. pp. The Essence of Response-Dependence. 4Social kind anti-realism is a prominent view in the literature, but it is not the only view. I argue that none of these relations substantiates the anti-realist’s rhetoric. Yet proponents of social kind anti-realism do not argue that such things as water and electrons are not real. According to proponents of social kind anti-realism, it is true, for example, that bills issued by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing are money, and it is false that blue gym socks are money. Realism in the Social Sciences. The essential properties of a kind, K, specify what it is to be that kind, as opposed to some other kind, K*. Foundations for a Social Ontology. I have already suggested one social kind that is plausibly defined in terms of a conferred property, namely, being a permanent resident. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1527-2001.2012.01317.x, Ásta. pp. According to the view known… The case against MD1 is quite simple: two entities can be modally correlated without one being dependent on the other (Fine 1995). Ásta. The properties of being a commonly used medium of exchange and being a measure and store of value are essential to kind, K1. Kinds defined in terms of conferred properties (i.e., conferred property kinds) are mind-dependent in the following sense: (MD3) A kind, K, is mind-dependent =df Being F is a conferred property and being F is essential to being K. According to MD3, a kind, K, is mind-dependent when at least one of its essential properties is a conferred property. An Introduction to Grounding. For brevity and clarity, however, I focus here on response-dependent properties instead. Definition of anti-realism. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511998553, Khalidi, MA. To the contrary, such properties seem to be metaphysically on par with dispositional properties which do not implicate any mental states, such as the property of being disposed to shatter. Journal of the American Philosophical Association. Similarly, John Searle argues that social kinds are not real because they “only are what they are, because that is what we believe that they are” (Searle 2007: 4). ), Varieties of Dependence: Ontological Dependence, Grounding, Supervenience, Response-Dependence. The Journal of Philosophy, 70(19): 699–711. According to this interpretation of MD2, a social kind, K, is mind-dependent when we determine the general essence of being K, i.e., what it is to be K. How do we determine the essential properties of social kinds? A kind, K, is water only if K is H2O.23 In other words, water is necessarily H2O. Others also deny that causal mind-dependence entails anti-realism (see Egan 2006, Haslanger 1995, Khalidi 2016, and Rosen 1994).
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