Explanatory Autonomy and Coleman's Boat

@article{Little2012ExplanatoryAA,
  title={Explanatory Autonomy and Coleman's Boat},
  author={D. Little},
  journal={Theoria-revista De Teoria Historia Y Fundamentos De La Ciencia},
  year={2012},
  volume={27},
  pages={137-151}
}
  • D. Little
  • Published 2012
  • Philosophy
  • Theoria-revista De Teoria Historia Y Fundamentos De La Ciencia
The paper addresses the question of whether an actor-centered social ontology can admit of relatively autonomous social causal explanations. It offers an alternative to the theory of social causation represented by Coleman's Boat, according to which all macro-explanations must proceed through micro-level process- es. The paper argues instead that the examples of other special sciences demonstrate the validity of the idea of "relative explanatory autonomy" in the case of social causal reasoning… Expand
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