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The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences collects newly commissioned essays that examine fundamental issues in the social sciences.

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Editorial Reviews

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‘This is a guide in the best possible sense. It provides anhistorical as well as a thematic framework for appraising thedebates that have shaped philosophy of social science since thenineteenth century, rooting it firmly both in philosophicaltraditions of thought about science and the social, and in theempirical and theoretical problems of abiding concern to socialscientists. In the process the contributors effectively redefinethis hybrid inter-field and show what is to be gained by seriouscross-disciplinary engagement.’ Alison Wylie, WashingtonUniversity in St. Louis

‘This first-rate volume is truly a state-of-the-art guideto a range of lively and fundamental issues and debates that areever more central to both philosophy and the social sciences today.In coherently organized chapters the issues are lucidly andaccessibly explained and the debates are engaged and frequentlycarried further.’ Steven Lukes, New York University andLondon School of Economics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631215387
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/3/2003
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen P. Turner is Graduate Research Professor and Chairof the Department of Philosophy at the University of South Florida.He is the author of many books including SociologicalExplanation as Translation (1980). He is also editor of theCambridge Companion to Max Weber (2000).

Paul A. Roth is Professor of Philosophy at the Universityof Missouri-St. Louis. He is the author of Meaning and Method inthe Social Sciences (1987). He co-founded and co-organizes theannual St. Louis Roundtable in the Philosophy of Social Science andis a member of the editorial board of Philosophy of the SocialSciences.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.

Introduction: Ghosts and the Machine: Issues of Agency,Rationality, and Scientific Methodology in Contemporary Philosophyof Social Science. (Stephen P. Turner and Paul A. Roth).

Part I: Pasts.

1. Cause, the Persistence of Teleology, and the Origins of thePhilosophy of Social Science. (Stephen P. Turner).

2. Phenomenology and Social Inquiry: From Consciousness toCulture and Critique.( Brian Fay).

3. Twentieth-century Philosophy of Social Science in theAnalytic Tradition. (Thomas Uebel).

Part II: Programs.:.

4. Critical Theory as Practical Knowledge: Participants,Observers and Critics. (James Bohman).

5. Decision Theory and Degree of Belief. (Piers Rawling).

6. The Methodology of Rational Choice. (Lars Udehn).

7. Mathematical Modeling in the Social Sciences. (PaulHumphreys).

8. The Practical Turn. (David Stern).

9. Science & Technology Studies and the Philosophy of SocialSciences. (Steve Fuller).

Part III: Problematics.

10. "See Also Literary Criticism": Social Science Between Factand Figures. (Hans Kellner).

11. The Descent of Evolutionary Explanations: Darwinian Vestigesin the Social Sciences. (Lynn Hankinson Nelson).

12. How Standpoint Methodology Informs Philosophy of SocialScience. (Sandra Harding).

13. Beyond Understanding: The Career of the Concept ofUnderstanding in the Human Sciences. (Paul A. Roth).



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