Realism and social structure

@article{Barnes2017RealismAS,
  title={Realism and social structure},
  author={Elizabeth Barnes},
  journal={Philosophical Studies},
  year={2017},
  volume={174},
  pages={2417-2433}
}
Social constructionism is often considered a form of anti-realism. But in contemporary feminist philosophy, an increasing number of philosophers defend views that are well-described as both realist and social constructionist. In this paper, I use the work of Sally Haslanger as an example of realist social constructionism. I argue: (i) that Haslanger is best interpreted as defending metaphysical realism about social structures; (ii) that this type of metaphysical realism about the social world… Expand
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