ELDER-VASS, D., 2015. Of babies and bathwater. A review of Tuukka Kaidesoja (2013) Naturalizing Critical Realist Social Ontology. Journal of Social Ontology, 1(2), pp.327-331.
Tuukka Kaidesoja’s new book is a welcome addition to the literature on
critical realism. He shows good judgement in defending Roy Bhaskar’s argument
for causal powers while criticising its framing as a transcendental argument.
In criticising Bhaskar’s concept of a real-but-not-actual ontological domain,
however, he discards an essential element of a realist ontology, even a naturalised
one: a recognition of the transfactual aspect of causal power.
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