A New Societist Social Ontology

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This article delineates a new type of social ontology - site ontology - and defends a particular version of that type. The first section establishes the distinctiveness of site ontologies over both individualist ontologies and previous societist ones. The second section then shows how site ontologies elude two pervasive criticisms, that of incompleteness directed at individualism and that of reification leveled at societism. The third section defends a particular site ontology, one that depicts the social as a mesh of human practices and material arrangements. The article concludes by outlining what is involved in giving site-ontological analyses of social things.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-202
Number of pages29
JournalPhilosophy of the Social Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2003


  • Heidegger
  • Individualism
  • Social facts
  • Social ontology
  • Social practices
  • Sociality
  • Wholism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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