Sawyer’s theory of social causation: a critique

Cresswell, M (2020) 'Sawyer’s theory of social causation: a critique.' Philosophy of the Social Sciences. ISSN 0048-3931

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Abstract

This article critiques R. Keith Sawyer’s theory of social causation from his 2005 book Social Emergence. It considers his use of analogy with the philosophy of mind, his account of individual agency, the legacy of Emile Durkheim, the concepts of supervenience, multiple realization, and wild disjunction, and the role of history in social causation. Sawyer’s theory is also evaluated in terms of two examples of empirical research: his own micro-sociological studies into group creativity; and Margaret Archer’s macro-sociology of education systems.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: diachronic, multiple realization, social causation, supervenience, synchronic, wild disjunction
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: School of Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0048393120978463
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2020 12:32
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2020 12:32
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