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Philosophies of Social Science: The Classic and Contemporary Readings / Edition 1
     

Philosophies of Social Science: The Classic and Contemporary Readings / Edition 1

by Gerard Delanty, Piet Strydom
 

ISBN-10: 0335208843

ISBN-13: 9780335208845

Pub. Date: 04/01/2003

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

Delanty (sociology, U. of Liverpool, UK) and Strydom (sociology, National U. of Ireland) present 64 readings, largely short extracts from larger works, that explore issues of epistemology, methodology, and knowledge in the social sciences. Covering positivism, structuralism, pragmatism, and other traditions, the work attempts a broad reach, containing selections by

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Delanty (sociology, U. of Liverpool, UK) and Strydom (sociology, National U. of Ireland) present 64 readings, largely short extracts from larger works, that explore issues of epistemology, methodology, and knowledge in the social sciences. Covering positivism, structuralism, pragmatism, and other traditions, the work attempts a broad reach, containing selections by Durkheim, Popper, Wittgenstein, Feyerabend, Simmel, Freud, Weber, Geertz, Habermas, Adorno, Dewey, Foucault, Derrida, Haraway, and many others. However, given the breadth of the treatment, the conspicuous absence of Karl Marx is somewhat surprising. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335208845
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
618,458
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
INTRODUCTION
What is the philosophy of social science?

PART 1
Positivism, its dissolution and the emergence of post-empiricism
Introduction: a general outline
The selected texts
1 EMILE DURKHEIM
What is a social fact? (1895)
2 OTTO NEURATH
The scientific world conception (1929)
3 CARL G. HEMPEL
Concept and theory in social science (1952)
4 ERNST NAGEL
Methodological problems of the social sciences (1961)
5 KARL POPPER
The problem of induction (1934)
6 RUDOLF CARNAP
Confirmation, testing and meaning (1936)
7 TALCOTT PARSONS
Theory and empirical fact (1937)
8 A.J. AYER
The characterization of sense-data (1940)
9 W.V.O. QUINE
Two dogmas of empiricism (1951)
10 LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN
Language games and meaning (1953)
11 STEPHEN TOULMIN
The evolution of scientific ideas (1961)
12 THOMAS KUHN
A role for history (1962)
13 IMRE LAKATOS
Falsification and the methodology of scientific research programmes (1970)
14 PAUL FEYERABEND
Against method (1975)

PART 2
The interpretative tradition
Introduction: a general outline
The selected texts
15 WILHELM DILTHEY
The development of hermeneutics (1900)
16 GEORG SIMMEL
On the nature of historical understanding (1918)
How is society possible? (1908)
17 MAX WEBER
‘Objectivity’ in social science (1904)
18 SIGMUND FREUD
The dream-work (1900)
A philosophy of life (1932)
19 ERNST CASSIRER
From a critique of abstraction to relationalism (1910)
20 KARL MANNHEIM
Competition as a cultural phenomenon (1929)
21 ALFRED SCHUTZ
Concept and theory formation in the social sciences (1954)
22 MAURICE MERLEAU-PONTY
The philosopher and sociology (1960)
23 MARTIN HEIDEGGER
The age of the world picture (1938)
24 PETER WINCH
Philosophy and science (1958)
25 HANS-GEORG GADAMER
Hermeneutical understanding (1960)
26 JÜRGEN HABERMAS
The hermeneutic claim to universality (1973)
27 PAUL RICOEUR
Towards a critical hermeneutic: hermeneutics and the critique of ideology (1973)
28 CHARLES TAYLOR
Interpretation and the sciences of man (1971)
29 CLIFFORD GEERTZ
The thick description of culture (1973)
30 AARON CICOUREL
Method and measurement (1964)
31 HAROLD GARFINKEL
Rational properties of scientific and common-sense activities (1960)
32 ERVING GOFFMAN
Primary frameworks (1974)

PART 3
The critical tradition
Introduction: a general outline
The selected texts
33 MAX HORKHEIMER
Traditional and critical theory (1937)
34 HERBERT MARCUSE
Philosophy and critical theory (1937)
35 THEODOR W. ADORNO
Sociology and empirical research (1969)
36 JÜRGEN HABERMAS
Knowledge and human interests (1965)
The tasks of a critical theory (1981)
37 KARL-OTTO APEL
Types of social science in light of human cognitive interests (1977)
38 ALBRECHT WELLMER
Critical theory of society (1969)
39 ROBERTO MANGABEIRA UNGER
The critical argument (1975)
40 ALVIN GOULDNER
Towards a refiexive sociology (1970)

PART 4
Pragmatism, semiotics and transcendental pragmatics
Introduction: a general outline
The selected texts
41 CHARLES S. PEIRCE
A definition of pragmatic and pragmatism (1902)
42 JOHN DEWEY
Social inquiry (1938)
43 CHARLES MORRIS
Foundations of the theory of signs (1938)
Pragmatics and semantics (1946)
44 C. WRIGHT MILLS
Situated actions and vocabularies of motive (1940)
45 KARL-OTTO APEL
Transcendental pragmatics (1979)

PART 5
The structuralist controversy: language, discouse and practice
Introduction: a general outline
The selected texts
46 CLAUDE LÉVI-STRAUSS
Structural analysis in linguistics and in anthropology (1958)
Language and the analysis of social laws (1951)
47 LUCIEN GOLDMANN
The human sciences and philosophy (1966)
48 MICHEL FOUCAULT
The order of things (1966)
Power/knowledge (1976)
49 JACQUES DERRIDA
Structure, sign and play in the discourses of the human sciences (1966)
50 PIERRE BOURDIEU
The logic of practice (1980)

PART 6
New directions and challenges
Introduction: a general outline
The selected texts
51 RICHARD J. BERNSTEIN
‘Anti-foundationalism’ (1991)
52 PIERRE BOURDIEU
Radical doubt (1992)
On science and politics (1999)
53 ANTHONY GIDDENS
Social science as a double hermeneutic (1984)
54 DOROTHY SMITH
The standpoint of women in the everyday world (1987)
55 DONNA HARAWAY
Situated knowledges: the science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective (1988)
56 PATRICIA HILL COLLINS
The sociological significance of black feminist thought (1986)
57 KARIN KNORR-CETINA
Strong constructivism (1993)
58 IAN HACKING
What is social construction? The teenage pregnancy example (2002)
59 STEVE FULLER
The project of social epistemology and the elusive problem of knowledge in contemporary society (2002)
60 NIKLAS LUHMANN
The cognitive program of constructivism and a reality that remains unknown (1990)
61 ROY BHASKAR
Transcendental realism and the problem of naturalism (1979)
62 JON ELSTER
Rational choice and the explanation of social action (2001)
63 RANDALL COLLINS
Sociological realism (1998)
64 JÜRGEN HABERMAS
Realism after the linguistic-pragmatic turn (1999)
Further reading
Index

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