Methodology for the Human Sciences: Systems of Inquiry

Methodology for the Human Sciences: Systems of Inquiry

by Donald E. Polkinghorne, Richard D. (Ed.) Mann, Jean B. (Ed.) Mann
     
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873956642
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/01/1983
Series:
Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology
Pages:
364
Sales rank:
1,272,074
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction

1. The Original Debate

Positivism
The Anti-Positivist Response
The Recurring Debate
Summary

2. The Received View of Science

The First Phase: The Vienna Circle
The Second Phase: Theoretical Networks
The Human Sciences and the Deductive System of Inquiry

3. Pragmatic Science

The Third Phase: Criticism of the Received View
The Fourth Phase: Sciences as Expressions of Various World Outlooks
The Fifth Phase: Historical Realism

4. Systems and Structures

Systems
Structuralism and Human Systems
Systems Inquiry and Methodology

5. Human Action

The Nature of Human Action
Explanations and Accounts of Human Action: Causal Explanations
Explanations and Accounts of Human Action: Acausal Explanations
Explanations and Accounts of Human Action: Linguistic Accounts
Practical Reasoning

6. Existential-Phenomenological and Hermeneutic Systems

The Existential-Phenomenological System of Inquiry
Hermeneutics (Interpretation)
Interpretation and the Human Sciences

7. Human Science Research

The Nature of Knowledge
Use of Linguistic Data
Concluding Remarks

Appendix: The Term "Human Science"
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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