Précis of Naturalizing Critical Realist Social Ontology


  • Tuukka Kaidesoja University of Turku


critical realism, social ontology, naturalist philosophy of social science, causal power, essentialism, Roy Bhaskar


This paper introduces and contextualizes my book Naturalizing Critical Realist Social Ontology (London: Routledge, 2013).


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How to Cite

Kaidesoja, Tuukka. 2015. “Précis of Naturalizing Critical Realist Social Ontology”. Journal of Social Ontology 1 (2). Vienna, Austria:321-26.



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