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Abstract

This paper examines the ways in which social scientific discourse and classification interact with the objects of social scientific investigation. I examine this interaction in the context of the traditional philosophical project of demarcating the social sciences from the natural sciences. I begin by reviewing Ian Hacking’s work on interactive classification and argue that there are additional forms of interaction that must be treated.

Keywords

philosophy of social science, rhetoric of science, science studies, interactive kind, practice theory, human kind, scientific classification, taxonomy, social practices, scientific concepts

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