Philosophy of Social Science / Edition 4

Philosophy of Social Science / Edition 4

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by Alexander Rosenberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813345928

ISBN-13: 9780813345925

Pub. Date: 01/03/2012

Publisher: Westview Press

Philosophy of Social Science provides a tightly argued yet accessible introduction to the philosophical foundations of the human sciences, including economics, anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology, history, and the disciplines emerging at the intersections of these subjects with biology. Philosophy is unavoidable for social

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Philosophy of Social Science provides a tightly argued yet accessible introduction to the philosophical foundations of the human sciences, including economics, anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology, history, and the disciplines emerging at the intersections of these subjects with biology. Philosophy is unavoidable for social scientists because the choices they make in answering questions in their disciplines force them to take sides on philosophical matters. Conversely, the social and behavior sciences must inform philosophers’ understanding of human action, norms, and social institutions.

The fourth edition retains an illuminating interpretation of the enduring relations between the social sciences and philosophy, and it has now been thoroughly revised to better fit courses, including fifteen chapters, with more effective transitions and helpful summaries. This edition also includes three new chapters on philosophical anthropology, functionalism as a research program, and theories of cultural evolution, as well as enhanced discussions of the role of norms and speech acts in social construction in interpretive social science and a chapter on continental philosophers of social science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813345925
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Edition description:
Fourth Edition, Fourth Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
871,828
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1 WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE?

2 THE METHODOLOGICAL DIVIDE: NATURALISM VERSUS INTERPRETATION

3 THE EXPLANATION OF HUMAN ACTION

4 INTENTIONALITY AND INTENSIONALITY

5 BEHAVIORISM IN THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

6 PROBLEMS OF RATIONAL CHOICE THEORY

7 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF SOCIETY

8 PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

9 HOLISM AND ANTIREDUCTIONISM IN SOCIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY

10 FUNCTIONALISM AS A RESEARCH PROGRAM

11 SOCIOBIOLOGY OR THE STANDARD SOCIAL SCIENCE MODEL?

12 THEORIES OF CULTURAL EVOLUTION

13 RESEARCH ETHICS IN SOCIAL INQUIRY

14 FACTS AND VALUES IN THE HUMAN SCIENCES

15 SOCIAL SCIENCE AND THE ENDURING QUESTIONS OF PHILOSOPHY

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