Methodology for the Human Sciences: Systems of Inquiry

Methodology for the Human Sciences: Systems of Inquiry

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

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ISBN-10: 0873956648

ISBN-13: 9780873956642

Pub. Date: 06/30/1984

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Methodology for the Human Sciences addresses the growing need for a comprehensive textbook that surveys the emerging body of literature on human science research and clearly describes procedures and methods for carrying out new research strategies. It provides an overview of developing methods, describes their commonalities and variations, and contains practical

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Methodology for the Human Sciences addresses the growing need for a comprehensive textbook that surveys the emerging body of literature on human science research and clearly describes procedures and methods for carrying out new research strategies. It provides an overview of developing methods, describes their commonalities and variations, and contains practical information on how to implement strategies in the field. In it, Donald Polkinghorne calls for a renewal of debate over which methods are appropriate for the study of human beings, proposing that the results of the extensive changes in the philosophy of science since 1960 call for a reexamination of the original issues of this debate.

The book traces the history of the deliberations from Mill and Dilthey to Hempel and logical positivism, examines recently developed systems of inquiry and their importance for the human sciences, and relates these systems to the practical problems of doing research on topics related to human experience. It discusses historical realism, systems and structures, phenomenology and hermeneutics, action theory, and the implications recent systems have for a revised human science methodology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873956642
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/30/1984
Series:
SUNY series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology Series
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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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