A Documentary Theory of States and Their Existence as Quasi-Abstract Entities

  title={A Documentary Theory of States and Their Existence as Quasi-Abstract Entities},
  author={Edward Heath Robinson},
  pages={461 - 489}
This article is concerned with the existence of states as a matter of fact, and it approaches that subject within the context of the ontology of social reality as a whole. It argues, first, that states do not have a place in the traditional Platonist duality of the concrete and the abstract. Second, that states belong to a third category – the quasi-abstract – that has received philosophical attention with a recently emerging theory of documentality. Documentality, derived from Austin’s theory… 
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