What Is Social Construction?

European Journal of Philosophy 23 (4):1137-1152 (2015)
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In this paper I discuss the question of what it means to say that a property is socially constructed. I focus on an influential project that many social constructivists are engaged in, namely, arguing against the inevitability of a trait, and I examine several recent characterizations of social construction, with the aim of assessing which one is more suited to the task



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Esa Diaz-Leon
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