From fragmentation to ontologically reflexive pluralism

Bigo, Vinca and Negru, Ioana (2008) From fragmentation to ontologically reflexive pluralism. Journal of Philosophical Economics, 1 (2). pp. 127-150. ISSN 1844-8208

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Abstract

Considerable attention has recently been directed towards the analysis of pluralism in social science, not least in economics. Plurality is often taken as a mark of pluralism. But it is not the same thing, and often indicates little more than a disconnected fragmentation of contributions to a topic. We believe, in fact, that such fragmentation is rife in modern social theorising, and identify numerous causes. We subsequently examine the possibility of using an ontologically reflexive form of pluralism to achieve a greater degree of theoretical integration between various strands of thought than has hitherto been the case. We conclude by stressing the need to be aware of ontological presuppositions in social theorising. Our motivation is a concern with advancing a ‘the pluralist project’ in which, where feasible, an integration of ideas takes centre stage.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: plurality, ontologically reflexive pluralism, scattered pluralism, fragmentation, integration
Faculty: Lord Ashcroft International Business School
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2011 08:45
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 14:44
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/140052

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