The Idea of a Social Science [NOOK Book]

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This classic text attempts to locate the social sciences on the intellectual map, utilizing the insights of Wittgenstein. Includes a new preface by the author.
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The Idea of a Social Science

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Overview

This classic text attempts to locate the social sciences on the intellectual map, utilizing the insights of Wittgenstein. Includes a new preface by the author.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203014493
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/8/1990
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • File size: 382 KB

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
I Philosophical Bearings
1 Aims and Strategy 1
2 The Underlabourer Conception of Philosophy 3
3 Philosophy and Science 7
4 The Philosopher's Concern with Language 10
5 Conceptual and Empirical Enquiries 15
6 The Pivotal Role of Epistemology in Philosophy 18
7 Epistemology and the Understanding of Society 21
8 Rules: Wittgenstein's Analysis 24
9 Some Misunderstandings of Wittgenstein 33
II The Nature of Meaningful Behaviour
1 Philosophy and Sociology 40
2 Meaningful Behaviour 45
3 Activities and Precepts 51
4 Rules and Habits 57
5 Reflectiveness 62
III The Social Studies as Science
1 J. S. Mill's 'Logic of the Moral Sciences' 66
2 Differences in Degree and Differences in Kind 71
3 Motives and Causes 75
4 Motives, Dispositions and Reasons 80
5 The Investigation of Regularities 83
6 Understanding Social Institutions 86
7 Prediction in the Social Studies 91
IV The Mind and Society
1 Pareto: Logical and Non-Logical Conduct 95
2 Pareto: Residues and Derivations 103
3 Max Weber: Verstchen and Causal Explanation 111
4 Max Weber: Meaningful Action and Social Action 116
V Concepts and Actions
1 The Internality of Social Relations 121
2 Discursive and Non-Discursive 'Ideas' 128
3 The Social Sciences and History 131
4 Concluding Remark 136
Bibliography 137
Index 141
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