Social Construction and Grounding

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 97 (2):393-409 (2017)
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The aim of this paper is to bring recent work on metaphysical grounding to bear on the phenomenon of social construction. It is argued that grounding can be used to analyze social construction and that the grounding framework is helpful for articulating various claims and commitments of social constructionists, especially about social identities, e.g., gender and race. The paper also responds to a number of objections that have been leveled against the application of grounding to social construction from Elizabeth Barnes, Mari Mikkola, and Jessica Wilson.

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Aaron Griffith
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