Vinca Bigo ; Ioana Negru - From Fragmentation to Ontologically Reflexive Pluralism

jpe:10565 - Journal of Philosophical Economics, March 1, 2008, Volume I Issue 2 -
From Fragmentation to Ontologically Reflexive PluralismArticle

Authors: Vinca Bigo 1; Ioana Negru 2

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.

Volume: Volume I Issue 2
Section: Articles
Published on: March 1, 2008
Imported on: December 28, 2022
Keywords: plurality,ontologically reflexive pluralism,scattered pluralism,fragmentation,integration,[SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences

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