What makes something “social”?

We use the term ‘social’ to refer to a wide range of phenomena at different levels of abstraction… and it is very likely that most if not all of the social phenomena we care about as philosophers are complex enough to occur at more than one ontological level.

Is racism really that different from classism, ableism, etc?

They are all social system of group oppression, and this is no superficial ontological feature. Thus the question can be neither whether they are different or not, nor even how deep these differences go. The question has to be how useful is it to treat these systems together, and when it is good to separate them or treat them in smaller groups

Should we stop talking of race, gender, etc.?

Does rejecting the metaphysical reality of races committees us to “resist a policy of providing support to black-owned businesses, or any other race-based prioritization”, presumably, because we would be committed to reject as false the race-talk behind such measures. 

Social Ontology is Ontology

Social ontology is ontology. This might seem too much a truism to be worth stating, but its consequences are far-reaching. On the one hand, its methodology is completely on a par with other fields of ontology, like the ontology of abstract objects, midsize objects, the mind, etc. The consensual methodology in these fields is to […]

Open Questions in Social Ontology

Hsiang-Yun Chen and Sally Haslanger have just edited an special issue on Social Meaning and Reality for the EurAmerica Journal and it features an article by yours truly. This is how they summarize it on their introduction to the special issue: Just as there is a large variety of social categories that an individual can […]

CFP: Animalia, University of Alberta, May 8-9, 2020 (deadline: Jan. 5, 2020)

University of Alberta Philosophy Graduate and Postgraduate Conference May 8-9, 2020 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada We invite graduate students and postgraduates to submit papers to this year’s philosophy graduate and postgraduate conference taking place on May 8-9, 2020 at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. This year we will analyze, discuss and criticize the relationships, similarities […]

CFP: Posthumanism: Cinema Philosophy Media, Brock University, May 15-17, 2020 (deadline: Dec. 1, 2019)

Posthumanism: Cinema Philosophy Media 15 to 17 May 2020 at Brock University (St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada) How do moving images and thinking intersect to mobilize posthumanist perspectives? More than cinema as philosophy or the philosophy of media, this conference welcomes papers that interrogate posthuman pathways emerging within the intersections of cinema, philosophy, and media as […]

Philosophy of Disability: Present and Future, No. 1

In my reply to commentators on Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability at the Pacific APA (previously posted on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY here), I wanted to accomplish a number of things. In addition to offering an exegesis of Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability and responses to critical remarks about the book that the various commentators […]