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The Reality of Social Groups

The Reality of Social Groups

Hardback Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Philosophy

By (author) Paul Sheehy

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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 242 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 25mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 30 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 075465348X
  • ISBN 13: 9780754653486

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Examining the ontological nature of social groups and the way in which groups are and should be regarded within moral deliberation, this book makes an original contribution to the field of social philosophy. Tackling a fundamental metaphysical question that has either been ignored or unsatisfactorily addressed: 'what kind of thing is a social group?', Sheehy argues for an ontological realism of groups and then goes on to discuss the practical and moral question of whether groups can be regarded as the bearers of moral status, rights and moral judgements.

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Paul Sheehy is Lecturer in Philosophy at Richmond upon Thames College, UK, and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at King's College London, UK.

Table of contents

Introduction; Individual and group: identity, composition and reduction; On plural subject theory; Social groups, explanation and ontological holism; Objects of the social world; The corporate soul; The moral status of social groups; The possibility of a group right; The moral evaluation of groups; Concluding remarks; Bibliography; Index.