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Performing ontology
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2015 (English)In: Social Studies of Science, ISSN 0306-3127, E-ISSN 1460-3659, Vol. 45, no 3, 449-453 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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Ontology, and in particular, the so-called ontological turn, is the topic of a recent themed issue of Social Studies of Science (Volume 43, Issue 3, 2013). Ontology, or metaphysics, is in philosophy concerned with what there is, how it is, and forms of being. But to what is the science and technology studies researcher turning when he or she talks of ontology? It is argued that it is unclear what is gained by arguing that ontology also refers to constructed elements. The 'ontological turn' comes with the risk of creating a pseudo-debate or pseudo-activity, in which energy is used for no end, at the expense of empirical studies. This text rebuts the idea of an ontological turn as foreshadowed in the texts of the themed issue. It argues that there is no fundamental qualitative difference between the ontological turn and what we know as constructivism.

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2015. Vol. 45, no 3, 449-453 p.
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constructivism, ontology, phenomenology, theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-269771DOI: 10.1177/0306312714548610ISI: 000357946100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-269771DiVA: diva2:885446
Available from: 2015-12-18 Created: 2015-12-18 Last updated: 2015-12-18Bibliographically approved

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