The Philosophy of Social Science: An Introduction / Edition 1

The Philosophy of Social Science: An Introduction / Edition 1

by Martin Hollis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521447801

ISBN-13: 9780521447805

Pub. Date: 09/28/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This new interdisciplinary textbook by Martin Hollis offers an exceptionally clear and concise introduction to the philosophy of social science. It unearths central philosophical problems underlying the standard ways of thinking about social institutions and social actions, leading the reader to reflect upon the nature of scientific method itself. Is the aim to

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This new interdisciplinary textbook by Martin Hollis offers an exceptionally clear and concise introduction to the philosophy of social science. It unearths central philosophical problems underlying the standard ways of thinking about social institutions and social actions, leading the reader to reflect upon the nature of scientific method itself. Is the aim to explain the social world after the manner of the natural world, or to understand it from within? Writing in his characteristically clear and incisive prose, Martin Hollis reveals the crucial role to be played by philosophy in the study of the social sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521447805
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
406,741
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: problems of structure and action; 2. Discovering truth: the rationalist way; 3. Positive science: the empiricist way; 4. Ants, spiders and bees: a third way?; 5. Systems and functions; 6. Games with rational agents; 7. Understanding social action; 8. Self and roles; 9. Explaining and understanding; 10. A value-neutral social science?; 11. Rationality and relativism; 12. Conclusion: two stories to tell; Bibliography; Index.

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