The Social Construction of What?

Recommended by Matthew Yglesias, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #74 in Philosophy Of Science

Lost in the raging debate over the validity of social construction is the question of what, precisely, is being constructed. Facts, gender, quarks, reality? Is it a person? An object? An idea? A theory? Each entails a different notion of social construction, Ian Hacking reminds us. His book explores an array of examples to reveal the deep issues underlying contentious accounts of reality.

Especially troublesome in this dispute is the status of the natural sciences, and this is where Hacking finds some of his most telling cases, from the conflict between biological and social...

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Matthew Yglesias @karlbykarlsmith I don’t love the phrase “social construct” in any context but I think Ian Hacking’s book The Social Construction of What? is a useful discussion. (Source)

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