Finding Philosophy in Social Science

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This book takes a fresh, unorthodox look at the key philosophical concepts and assumptions of the social sciences. Eminent philosopher of science Mario Bunge argues that none of the best known philosophies helps to advance or even understand social science, and he proposes a particular union of rationalism, realism, and systemism as the logical and viable stance for social science practitioners.
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Overview

This book takes a fresh, unorthodox look at the key philosophical concepts and assumptions of the social sciences. Eminent philosopher of science Mario Bunge argues that none of the best known philosophies helps to advance or even understand social science, and he proposes a particular union of rationalism, realism, and systemism as the logical and viable stance for social science practitioners.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300066067
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Why Philosophy? 1
1 Fact 15
2 Idea 47
3 Inquiry 76
4 Systematization 108
5 Explanation and Prediction 135
6 Empirical Operations 166
7 Science et al. 184
8 Values and Morals 219
9 Individualism and Holism 241
10 Systemism 264
11 Idealism and Materialism 282
12 Intuitionism, Empiricism, Pragmatism, and Rationalism 305
13 Subjectivism and Realism 326
14 Between Reason and Fact: Rational Choice Theory 359
App. 1 State Space Representation 391
App. 2 Law and Rule 392
App. 3 The Logic of Theory Operationalization 393
App. 4 Utility: A Skeleton in the Closet of Rational Choice Theory 394
App. 5 Futility Theory 397
App. 6 Objective Value 399
App. 7 Utility as a Set 399
References 401
Index of Names 421
Index of Subjects 427
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