Chapter

Social Construction

Sally Haslanger

in Resisting Reality

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892631
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892631.003.0006
Social Construction

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This chapter develops an account of social construction and defends a broad critical social realism according to which certain entities and kinds are socially constructed; however, the claim that they are socially constructed, on this account, provides no basis for concluding that they are anything less than fully real. The question arises how to distinguish natural and social kinds, if not by their reality. The chapter argues for a broad naturalism and a minimalist notion of kind which together allow us to include the social within the natural world. The natural world is all there is and we are part of it.

Keywords: gender; race; realism; natural kinds; social construction; constructionism; feminism; anti-racism

Chapter.  18707 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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